GULFPORT, Miss. (WXXV) — The Gulfport community banned together Saturday morning to bring food to hundreds of people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Community members began arriving for the 9:45 a.m. food drive as early as 6 a.m.
Anyone could get in line no matter which county they lived in or their financial status.
Each box or bag of food included up to a week-and-a-half’s worth of food for one person.
Volunteers from Extend a Hand Help a Friend, West Gulfport Civic Club, Mt. Olive Lodge Number 83, Councilman Chuck Casey from Ward One, and members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority all helped pack and distribute 550 bags and boxes of food during the food drive at Gulfport High School.
Jeffrey Hulum, CEO of the non-profit organization Extend a Hand Help a Friend, said, “Everybody coming together so we can make sure we reach the mass and the multitude of the people on the Gulf Coast, no matter what county, no matter what walks of life. As long as everybody got something that they can hold themselves over until they get on better footing.
“A lot of our elderly cannot get out. A lot of our elders are on fixed income and due to the economic downturn of the Gulf Coast right now, all people need the help. And we are in a position to stand in the gap and bring the food in from a logistical stand point and distribute it out in masses.”