Feeding the needy in Harrison County
As families gathered around the table across America Thursday to give thanks, the citizens of Harrison County hit the streets all to make sure no one missed out on Thanksgiving.
Thursday morning at the Lyman Community Center in Orange Grove, hundreds volunteered their time to preparing and delivering meals to those in need. The Gulf Coast Public Safety Feed the Needy program is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by multiple Gulf Coast public safety agencies.
Every year, the program grows bigger and bigger, all while relying entirely on donations from members of the community. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said, “It’s something that we do every year and all the law enforcement agencies get together and Feed the Needy around the Coast. This year, we did approximately 2,200 meals.”
Lt. Mike Shaw with Gulfport PD said, “I think it says a lot about Harrison County and also the Gulf Coast to see this many people come out during the day that you’re supposed to be with your family to come out and donate your time and deliver meals to those that without this service, they wouldn’t have anything to eat today.”
2017 marks the 28th year that the Feed the Needy program has taken place on Thanksgiving Day.