Juveniles who’ve run into trouble with the law are working out their community service in a way that’s feeding hungry Rockdale families at the same time.
During the last couple months, Juvenile Court Judge William Schnieder has allowed kids sentenced to community service to bring cans of food instead at the rate of 25 cans for five hours. That rate is doubled to 10 hours for the 25 cans if they contain a meat or a complete meal.
"I thought it would be more of a community service to feed families than picking up paper on the highway," said Schnieder.
The food is collected at Evan’s Pharmacy in Olde Town Conyers and picked up for Rockdale Emergency Relief’s food bank. Even though the barrels and boxes are big, they are often filled to overflowing, said owner Vince Evans.
RER Executive Director Ashley Roesler said, "Support for the Food Bank is absolutely critical right now, being that our service volume is and has been so high. What these kids are doing is making a very deliberate choice to make a very substantial impact on someone's life."
To find out how to donate to RER, call 770-922-0165 or stop by 350 Tall Oaks Drive in Conyers, off of Iris Drive between Salem Road and Ga. Hwy 138.