Free food distribution to feed those in need in Gulfport

Today in Gulfport, multiple local organizations came together to feed those in need.

At the Goldin Sports Complex in Orange Grove, Gulfport residents started lining up, securing their spot to ensure they received a free food box. Dorothy Travis arrived two hours prior to the scheduled food distribution time. “I’ve called several people to get in line. I also got some to pick up and deliver to some elderly people that I pick up and deal with on a regular basis.”

Travis picked up eight boxes, seven for seniors she knew and one for herself. “I’m going to always be there to help who I can help because that’s what God got us out here for. We’re sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ.”

Each of the 400 food boxes included chicken, milk, cheese, potatoes, apples, sour cream and cabbage. Food was provided by Feeding the Gulf Coast and United Way.

It keeps happening over and over again. People are getting boxes of food to deliver to seniors in the community. There’s a need to feed those who are sick and shut in and who are unable to get out and grab food themselves.

Food wasn’t the only item handed out for free. Programs from the Mississippi Public Health Institute and their ‘Healthy Families, Mothers, and Babies Initiative’ gave out information about health disparities for African-American mothers. Program Manager Shakeizia Jones said, “Thought that we should definitely work together because the more collaborative work that’s able to be done, the more impact it is to the community.”

The collaboration of different organizations helps identify what the community needs. Karisma Slusher with Feeding the Gulf Coast said, “I don’t think we get to certain areas enough and just working with different partnerships and people in the community they know the area. So, being able to come out here and serve them, it’s just really helpful to hit the areas that we don’t hit as often.”

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