Milledgeville — Many in Central Georgia participated in the Middle Georgia Food Bank's Stuff the Truck event Thursday.

The food bank serves over 20 counties around the state and held a food drive of truck-sized proportions beginning at 6 in the morning. The goal was to help feed Central Georgia families in the coming year.

"That can of beans could be a side for a family's meal," said Kacey Campuzano of the food bank. "It could feed a child over the weekend, it could feed someone living on the street, so it can do a lot."

Representatives from the food bank brought the trucks and the large boxes for donations to three Walmart locations in Macon, Milledgeville, and Warner Robins.

Volunteers were tasked with helping collect, load, and sort donations. Kevonte Shropshire said it all comes down to prioritizing others.

"It's all about making time," he said. "You know, prioritizing your time, being willing to help people."

Each location reported filling several large boxes for their trucks, but donations were accepted as well. Big monetary donors were Premiere Staffing Unlimited of $500 and The Bridge Church of $250. Those were brought to the truck in Warner Robins.

Generous hearts from all over Central Georgia contributed to the haul, including 15-year old Erica Sanford, who said she donated because she would want someone else to do the same.

"I feel like if I was in a predicament where I didn't know where my next meal was coming from, I would definitely want somebody to donate and, you know, just help me out like that," Sanford said.

Others like Milledgeville firefighter Jacob Russell said it was important to support his community.

"I love serving my community and I just like it when I see other people doing the same thing," Russell said. "We all work together and make this whole place a lot better."

The food will be shipped off to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank's warehouse to be distributed to smaller food banks later.