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Porterdale looks for volunteers to help at food pantry

PORTERDALE — Volunteers are needed to help distribute food to needy families when the Mobile Food Pantry returns to Porterdale on Oct. 23.

The Mobile Food Pantry will be in Porterdale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Train Depot at 1 Hemlock St. The program is a project of Pour Inc., in partnership with First Baptist Church of Covington and Porterdale's Community Assistance Relief Effort (CARE). Snapping Shoals EMC has donated $2,000 toward the relief effort.

City Councilwoman Linda Finger and organizer of the event, said the Mobile Food Pantry reached needy residents in seven counties last year and helped 1,800 people. She said about 75 volunteers are needed to help with the project on Oct. 23. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Finger at 678-859-2496. More information is available at www.pourathens.org.

Those receiving food will be asked to fill out a form indicating monthly income and number of children, adults and seniors in the household in order to receive a box of free groceries. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Mobile Food Pantry was approved as a city-sponsored event at the Porterdale City Council meeting Monday night.

City manager to serve

as poll manager

Porterdale City Manager Bob Thomson was approved by the City Council as chief poll manager for the upcoming Nov. 2 general election.

Porterdale residents will go to the polls in Porterdale to cast ballots on a $10,000 homestead property tax exemption. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Porterdale Fire Department.

Farmers market under consideration

Newton County resident Christina Norman asked the City Council on Monday night to consider allowing use of the Porterdale depot for a farmers and producers market.

Norman told the council that she works with other farmers markets in metro Atlanta and believes that the depot in Porterdale would be a favorable location for a market for local producers to sell their goods. Norman said she would like to use of the depot on Thursdays and would not require any permanent structures to be erected on the site.

The council responded favorably to the request and agreed to have City Attorney Tim Chambers research the issue and report back to the council on what action would be needed to allow the farmers market to operate at the depot.