MACON, Ga. — For some people, Saturday mornings are for sleeping in. For hundreds of Central Georgians, it's a time to get up early and give back by donating food to those who need it.
"Today we've got just under 400 volunteers that are coming out here to Pleasant Hill to do things like the food give-a-way with the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank," CEO of the United Way of Central Georgia George McCanless said.
The United Way of Central Georgia held it's first 'Day of Action' here in Macon and the Pleasant Hill community made sure to show up.
"Every household here will get over 50 pounds of food, both canned and frozen, which is about a two week supply, so they're doing a lot of good work here today," said McCanless.
It couldn't have been done without the help of volunteers, like Antoinette Murphy, who works with JSTARS at Robins Air Force Base. She says living in Macon the last two years has been nothing but welcoming.
"There's a lot of representation of myself here. Being from a small town myself in New Orleans and in Albuquerque, this is home. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to come out here," Murphy said.
Between packing the bags and running carts of food to people's cars, high schooler Robert Berrion says he came out to help the community that raised him.
"When you're growing up, you have to learn to not only think for yourself, but for others. You can't look at it and say I'm successful, and say they don't matter, because they could work as hard as I am, because everybody don't have the same opportunities as you," Berrion said.
Their hard work will result in families not having to worry about food for the next few weeks. Saturday afternoon was capped with hot dogs and hamburgers, made by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.