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Glynn County workers donate food in contest for vacation hours

Posted: April 10, 2014 - 6:17pm
Terry.Dickson@jacksonville.com - 4/10/14 - Bobby Moses, from left, David Strickland and Geri Mullis load food into barrels on the final day of a Glynn County employee food drive to benefit America's Second Harvest of Georgia's food bank in Brunswick. Moses and Strickland were on the administrative team and Mullis is director of the Marshes of Glynn Library. Each member of the team that brought the most food will get four hours added to their vacations. (Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson)
Terry.Dickson@jacksonville.com - 4/10/14 - Bobby Moses, from left, David Strickland and Geri Mullis load food into barrels on the final day of a Glynn County employee food drive to benefit America's Second Harvest of Georgia's food bank in Brunswick. Moses and Strickland were on the administrative team and Mullis is director of the Marshes of Glynn Library. Each member of the team that brought the most food will get four hours added to their vacations. (Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson)

BRUNSWICK, GA. | America’s Second Harvest benefited Thursday from someone else’s time off.

Glynn County employees filled dozens of barrels with food and drink as part of a food drive for the Glynn County affiliate of the hunger relief agency. The county employees were divided into teams with the members of the team that brought the most food by weight getting four hours added to their annual vacation time.

Larger departments such as the county police and sheriff’s office had their staffs divided into numerous teams.

When it was all weighed, county workers had brought in 10,256 pounds.

County spokeswoman Candice Temple, who coordinated the event, said she was initially worried that nobody was participating, but then the food began rolling in before the 3 p.m. cutoff.

Participants kept pretty quiet probably so as to not give away any competitive secrets such as which food weighs more, she said.

“I thought I was onto something with sugar and flour,’’ but then someone mentioned that canned peaches have a lot of heft while some bought in a lot of bottled water, she said.

Kalista Morton, a community relations specialist for Second Harvest, said she was gratified by the contributions.

“I didn’t imagine there would be such a huge turnout,’’ she said. “We’re very grateful to the county employees.”

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405

 
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