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Snellville wins Give Hunger the Boot Challenge

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More than 15,000 food items and $17,000 were collected during the Give Hunger the Boot Challenge to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op.

While defending champions Grayson put up a valiant effort, it was Snellville that won the event in this second year of competition.

Grayson collected 8,623 food items, besting Snellville by nearly 2,000 items, but Snellville raised $15,187 in donations, beating Grayson’s $1,970. That ultimately put Snellville over the top.

“It feels much better than last year,” said Snellville Councilman Dave Emanuel, who started Give Hunger the Boot with his wife, Kathy. “But we’re mostly glad it benefits the Co-op which is the reason for the competition.”

This year’s event raised 50 percent more in food and donations.

“It takes a whole community to do this,” said Laura Drake, the Co-op’s director. “It’s a blessing for the leadership of these cities to admit we have hungry people.”

For information on how to donate to the Co-op, visit www.segwinnettcoop.org.