HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The food bank revealed an increasing need for supplies as a result of more families in need due to the pandemic.
Christian Services in Hattiesburg said the number of people in need had continued to increase since the pandemic hit Mississippi and continued to grow as the pandemic continued. Although many have returned to their work lives, there are still many who have not. Leaders at the food bank said the need had changed from 30 boxes of emergency food a week to 50 to 100 boxes of emergency food a week.
They said when COVID started, there was extra money and extra food. Even though COVID-19 hasn’t disappeared, the extra support has been lost. Their needs include basic necessities such as rice, beans, ketchup, canned fruit and vegetables. For their hot meals, leaders at Christian Services say they can sometimes serve up to 900 meals a day.
The family came from Wiggins and Collins, but they served needy families from Forrest, Lamar, Perry and surrounding counties. The leaders say they need the country to realize that there are still many hungry people out there.
“We can definitely use any money or donations from canned goods, kitchen stables, for sure. Just a recognition that the more we do in our community, the better it helps everyone. You feed a child and they do better in school, you feed the mother, she can take better care of her family. So, it’s really a basic systematic need that we just need to remember that everyone is not as fortunate as everyone else, ”said Maggie West of Christian Services.
The local food kitchen is supplied by local shops which has advantages. A store that is a partner of the Mississippi Food Network. Items are usually supplied from Corner Market, Target, Winn Dixie, Sam’s Club, Walmart and churches and groups that have done canned food drives.
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