Five hundred families given Thanksgiving meal in Biloxi

Five hundred local families will have a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year thanks to a couple of local organizations.

Feeding the Gulf Coast and Winn-Dixie parent company Southeastern Grocer set up at Biloxi Baptist Church this morning and hosted a drive-thru food distribution where all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal were handed out.

Officials with both organizations say the reactions of those who came through the line were rewarding. Winn Dixie Regional Vice President Lynn Rushing said, “People were so excited, so appreciative. Some people were out here at 3 this morning. People had tears in their eyes. They were so appreciative of what we’re doing to give back to the community.”

Feeding the Gulf Coast Director of Operations Cindy Bloom said, “Extreme gratitude. This year we have seen an exponential need due to COVID and on top of that with Zeta in our backyard, it’s just heartbreaking. There are so many people coming through our lines that have never asked for assistance before.”

All of the food was distributed within an hour of starting the drive-thru.

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