Valdosta Helps the Hungry and Homeless

This week the nation is turning its eyes to the homeless and the hungry.

Students at Valdosta State University are taking part in several activities from collecting canned goods to volunteering at local shelters to helping build a Habitat for Humanity home.

Volunteers say this is an important mission for people of all ages.

Anne Murai, a volunteer, says, "By going to Second Harvest, by going to LAMP, by going to Habitat for Humanity, you're getting hands-on experience and you see the need that's out there, and I think that is what's going to impact people."

The numbers show homelessness and poverty are real problems in the peach state, with 12 percent of all Georgians in poverty, 17.5 percent of children in poverty and an unemployment rate above five percent.