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For a good cause
Grocery Garage Sale helps those in need
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Renee Fitts looks at items of the Grocery Garage Sale last week. The program that began in Cumming has now expanded to include a location at Hwy. 53 East and War Hill Park Road in Dawson County. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

At a glance

The Grocery Garage Sale is in the old Fire Station 2 building at Hwy. 53 East and War Hill Park Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Contact: (706) 216-3080, or visit

A church near the Dawson-Forsyth County line has joined with a local business to make groceries affordable to families in need.


The program, in turn, helps the Church @ War Hill expand its food ministry outreach.


The Grocery Garage Sale began about two years ago in Cumming, when a team of coupon-clipping women made it their mission to save people money.


The program has now expanded to include a location at Hwy. 53 East and War Hill Park Road in Dawson County.


The women use the coupons to buy food at a discount. The items are then sold through the church pantry.


Kelly Moore said the prices are hard to beat, and “it’s for a good cause.”


“They’ve got reasonable prices, and they’re convenient,” said Moore, who lives in Dawson. “It’s much cheaper than going to the grocery store.”


Church member and volunteer Ricky Fitts said the church “uses its profits to help people out with food ... the money goes back into the church’s food pantry.”


Church @ War Hill Pastor Don Allen said working with the Grocery Garage Sale will help thousands of people “in all different income brackets who are feeling the effects of the economy.”


The Grocery Garage Sale provides name-brand food at 60 to 80 percent off retail prices, Allen said.


“Our motto is: ‘What you save can save a life,’ and the best part is the profit will go into purchasing food for families in the community who are in crisis,” he said.