Biloxi Back Bay Mission partnered with the Hard Rock to feed those in need

Over 200 donated meals went to those in need today thanks to the partnership of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the Back Bay Mission in Biloxi.

The Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway in Biloxi at Back Bay Mission looked different this year due to COVID-19. Everyone lined up outside and wore face masks to receive their hot Thanksgiving meal.

While trying to bring some normalcy to an unusual year, Back Bay Mission’s Sarah Boone tells News 25 the meals bring hope during this hard time. “I think it’s going to lift people’s spirits up and show that we are a community that cares. We’re a mission that cares about them and I think it’s going to give them a little bit of hope during a really hard time.”

Back Bay Mission is thankful for the support and 14-year partnership with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the volunteers who come out and help.

Due to the global pandemic, people are going hungry and homeless for the very first time. In Biloxi, Back Bay Mission is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway, thanking the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for their donation of over 200 meals. “I just want to thank the Hard Rock. They do a wonderful job every year, you couldn’t ask for a better group of volunteers to come out to help, what a blessing it is to the community and I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m so thankful for Back Bay Mission being a part of this community.”

By pre-packaging the meals and giving them away in a to-go and drive-by fashion, the Hard Rock also helped make the meal giveaway COVID safe. Masks and hand sanitizer was available to everyone who attended. Human Resources Coordinator Sammi Greco said, “This is one of my favorite events to be able to get outside of the casino walls and be able to interact with those in the community and provide something that they might not normally get on the regular basis.”

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