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Cobb charity seeks food, financial donations

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A Cobb County charity has seen more and more needy families, but its food and monetary donations are drastically down.

Right now, Must Ministries only has enough to feed the hungry for the next two weeks.

The Marietta charity's food supply has dropped while the requests for assistance just keep on rising.

Sharon Mcabrew said groceries she picked up from the charity will feed her family for several weeks.

"It's stuff that I get here like especially canned goods, peanut butter and jelly. And then they give us bread, you know, every day.  So it's a blessing because it's five grandchildren at my daughter's home," said Mcabrew.

But Sharon's story is not unique.

Miguel Carranza also picks up food for his nine children.

Work has been scarce for the engineer and programmer, so he comes to Must Ministries to help feed his family.

"If it wasn't for them right now, you know, my kids probably wouldn't have nothing to eat today. I definitely know that for sure," said Carranza.

The folks at Must Ministries said that not only are their food donations down, but their financial contributions are down as well -- about a quarter of a million dollars last year.

"We absolutely need financial support from the community as well as in-kind donations," said Annette Lee, the director of administrative services at Must Ministries.

Lee says the number of people they help every year has increased dramatically since the recession began.

"When I first started here, we served about 24,000 people and now we're up to over 35,000 people," said Lee.

With metro Atlanta's high unemployment rate, the need just keeps on growing.

Must Ministries will hold its 10th annual Gobble Jog on Thursday, November 22. It's aThanksgiving fundraiser for the charity. They hope to get 10,000 runners for the event this year. Register online at: http://www.gobblejog.org/

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