Beau Rivage packs bags for kids in need
Seventy-four students in South Mississippi who might have otherwise gone without will now have food to last them throughout this school year thanks to the Beau Rivage and Feeding the Gulf Coast.
Today, Beau Rivage employees took extra time out of their day to pack 1,500 bags of food to feed children in need. This was made possible by a $10,000 donation from the MGM Resorts Foundation to Feeding the Gulf Coast’s backpack program. The food bank’s backpack program provides meals on the weekends when school meals are not available to meet the needs of children struggling with hunger.
Veterans Engagement Group at the Beau Rivage Chairman Bryant Lear said, “We come from the three coastal counties. Everybody lives here. These are not communities that we just work in. We actually live in them so we’re giving back to where we’re from. They’re our extended family. I know these communities through the people I work with and that’s how I know whose kids go to what school in Ocean Springs and all these other places where I don’t physically reside. I feel like I’m part of those communities, too. I’m giving back to people that I know. People that I work with. People that are my friends and my extended family.”
Children are referred to the program by teachers and school counselors. Each Friday a bag filled with easy to prepare kid friendly food is placed discreetly in a child’s backpack to take home for the weekend.