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Monday, January 31, 2011

Gwinnett Municipal Association launches “CAN” Do February Campaign

As part of its mission to assist the communities it serves, the Gwinnett Municipal Association (GwMA) is kicking off a month-long campaign during February to help fill the shelves of local food pantries.

The “CAN” Do project is part of the GwMA’s on-going project to fight hunger in our local communities.  Cities in Gwinnett County are teaming together to meet the needs of hungry Gwinnett families.  The goal is to support local food co-ops and pantries by collecting canned foods and dry grocery staples at municipal events throughout the year.

GwMA President Linda Blechinger, who also serves as Auburn’s Mayor, noted, “The Gwinnett Municipal Association has recognized the strength of our communities in supporting the efforts of our local food pantries. The truth is, people love to help those in need, we are really just a conduit. Lawrenceville’s Katie Hart Smith has taken on the “CAN” Do project with gusto. We look forward to a successful year and our partnership with local food co-ops to grow ever stronger.”

The month of February’s GwMA’s “CAN” Do theme in Snellville is “We have a heart for Snellville." Snellville collects food items for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry at various events throughout the year, including the Snellville Farmers' Market and the Snellville Fall Festival.

GwMA Executive Board Member, Katie Hart Smith, a member of the Lawrenceville City Council, chairs the county-wide “CAN” Do Committee. She coordinates the Cities “CAN” Do ambassadors and the promotion of the projects. Smith stated, “I am appreciative of the Cities’ Mayors and their support. I am also very impressed and proud of the “CAN” Do ambassador’s hard work, creativity and enthusiasm for this project.  They are a very dynamic group of committed individuals who enjoy being actively engaged in their communities.”

She added, “This is a wonderful way for our Gwinnett communities to come together and support our local food pantries.  Together, we are making a difference in the lives of families and neighbors in need.”

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