CONYERS – A large, gift-wrapped box sits inside the Ingles Market at Honey Creek Village Shopping Center ready to be filled.
Beginning Friday, the local grocery store will start collecting food for Rockdale Emergency Relief.
Shoppers can purchase a bag filled with rice, pinto beans, tuna and saltine crackers for $5, which will be donated to RER’s food bank.
Rockdale Emergency Relief, founded in 1967, provides supportive services and assistance to residents experiencing a temporary crisis situation. In 1999, the Rockdale Community Food Bank merged with RER and the nonprofit now operates the food program.
This year marks the first time the Honey Creek store will collect items for RER.
Store manager Jaron Morgan said he received an email from his district manager about other Ingles Markets in the 22-store district offering the $5 bags for shoppers to purchase and wanted to join the efforts.
“The store in Eatonton is already collecting. I think it’s just a great way to help the community,” Morgan said. “We’ll advertise it in-store and ask customers if they want to donate. We’ll continue gathering the food items until Christmas.”
RER Executive Director Andrew Peabody said there’s something special about one person giving food to another in need.
“I’m a big believer that a person actually giving food, trying to help another person makes a big difference. There’s something special about doing that,” Peabody said. “I appreciate the opportunity for people to go to a local grocery store and donate funds to give food to another in the same community.”
Morgan said store employees have put together 100 grocery bags so far but the goal is to donate 400 to 500.
Ingles at Honey Creek Village Shopping Center is located at 3530 Honey Creek Commons in Conyers.