Margaritaville Donates Excess Food to Salvation Army

They say every cloud has a silver lining. The closing of Margaritaville in Biloxi may have put a dent in the local economy, but will lead to hundreds of needy families getting the food they need.

After the closing of the casino, Margaritaville donated 19 pallets of food, including nonperishables, frozen food, vegetables, meats, and even some paper plates and utensils to the Salvation Army. While grateful for the donation, the Salvation Army did not have the space to store the food and reached out to local businesses for help. John Fayard had the space and allowed the Salvation Army to store some of the food in one of his refrigerated warehouses until it could be given to local families.

Gary Sturdivant, Area Commander for the Salvation Army, says, "We give out thousands of pounds of food a week to folks that come to our Gulfport office and we’ll be able to give away some frozen goods to families that are less fortunate, some of these nonperishable items, and of course with the cold weather on the way in a couple of months, we’ll be able to use a lot of this in our cold weather shelter to feed folks."

The Salvation Army generally has to ration out food to families, but feels with this generous donation, needy families will get more than ever.

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