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Festival benefits hunger program
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• What: Feed the Hungry Forsyth benefit concert and festival

• When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday

• Where: North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Hwy.

• Cost: Free, but donations encouraged

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A concert and festival Saturday will help provide food to those in need.

Feed the Hungry Forsyth, which began in January, will hold the fundraiser at 6 p.m. in North Lanier Baptist Church.

Event organizer Erin Shawver said the evening will feature a festival from 6 to 7 p.m. Activities will include face painting, games and inflatables for children. There will also be food vendors, raffles and silent auctions.

“Then our concert will be from 7 to 9 p.m. with Pat Terry, Mark and Clarissa Gibson and the CHX Band,” Shawver said. “Everyone’s welcome to come out and enjoy a night of fun and good music.”

She said there is no admission charge, but “donations are highly encouraged” and vendors will charge nominal fees for food and activities.

Adrienne Sipe, chairwoman of Feed the Hungry Forsyth’s board, is hoping for a big turnout.

“We want people to come out and enjoy the music, but our goal is to raise money for a very important cause,” Sipe said.

She explained that Feed the Hungry Forsyth is a “food rescue nonprofit,” meaning its volunteers work to collect unused food from restaurants, grocery stores, catering services and bakeries so items that would otherwise go to waste can be donated to local food pantries.

The main goal of Saturday’s event, she said, is to raise money for refrigerated trucks to haul the collected items, and to cover the group’s operational expenses.

Shawver said another goal is to raise awareness.

“We want people to come out so they can see what’s going on in our county and be more aware of people in our own backyards who are in need,” she said.