Free health screenings offered today at Feed My Sheep

Feed My Sheep, in a partnership with My Brother’s Keeper, will host free health screenings today for Gulfport’s homeless population and the general public at Feed My Sheep’s facility at 2615 19th Street on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The health screenings are free.  They include blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI, glucose, HIV, STDs, substance abuse, high-risk sexual behaviors and Hepatitis B and C testing.  My Brother’s Keeper provides a series of free preventative health screenings as well as mental and sexual health counseling among the most vulnerable populations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“Feed My Sheep’s number one mission is to care for our homeless and hungry neighbors in Gulfport,” said David Lion, Feed My Sheep’s Executive Director.  “Primarily, we do that through serving hot meals seven days a week to anyone who comes: No questions asked.  We are fortunate to partner with My Brother’s Keeper, to provide a one-stop resource for food and health screenings.”

Feed My Sheep has remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as many as 800 meals a day through its 19th Street facility and six volunteer-run delivery routes for the homebound, while employing Center for Disease Control recommendations for safety.

Feed My Sheep, which was formed by local churches in 1983, has served more than 1.3 million meals since 2005.  In addition to serving through its facility and delivery routes for the homebound, each month, Feed My Sheep donates nearly five tons of food it receives to other local food pantries and soup kitchens.

“If it is given to Feed My Sheep, it gets used,” said Lion.  “In any given month, we will receive almost 12,000 pounds of donated food.  We serve all we can in-house, and what we can’t use, including portions of food that will expire or goods that don’t quite make enough for a full pan, we give to partner agencies across the coast.  We depend on the good-will of our community to exist, and we believe in paying that forward.”

During COVID-19 Feed My Sheep encourages anyone who is struggling with hunger or food insecurity to visit for a meal.

For more information about Feed My Sheep, including how to volunteer or make donations of goods or funds, please visit feedmysheepgulfport.org or call (228) 864-2701.

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