COLONIE, N.Y.---20 tons of food was distributed to needy families in the Capital Region Thursday, a joint effort between Jezreel International, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization and Feed the Children of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
More than 3,000 people, children included, were fed as a result of the outreach effort.
Trucks arrived at seven o'clock Thursday morning, filled with pallets of boxes. Inside each box was 25 pounds of food.
In addition to the food, personal care items, like shampoo, soap and hand sanitizer were packed in separate boxes, along with an unlimited amount of baby food, donated by Beech Nut.
Lorenzo Hodges, one of the organizers of the event, says Jezreel International provided vouches to churches and outreach centers in the Capital Region, which in turn were given to families in need
"It's about 860 vouchers, but you're looking at over 3,000 people who are going to get touched today," says Hodges. "I want people to see, people are here to help you, it's about giving, it's not about taking. I hope when they get on their feet they lift somebody else up."
Jezreel International's campaign for the needy in the Capital Region doesn't end Thursday. The organization hopes to do another effort in November for homeless veterans and another in December for the holiday season.