Salvation Army creates ‘hunger cards’
The streets of Biloxi are no stranger to panhandlers and the city and Salvation Army are taking the issue into their own hands.
The Salvation Army has created a ‘hunger card.’ This is a card that visitors and residents can pick up and keep in their pocket or their cars to hand out to those who may be in need of food, money, or shelter.
These cards do not hold any cash value, but instead have a list of places in Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Gulfport so that someone in need of a hot meal, a shower, or a place to do laundry can find them.
You can pick these cards up at the Biloxi Visitors Center and the Kroc Center. Salvation Army Area Commander Major Bradley Caldwell said, “Our goal is to let people who are approached by panhandlers or people asking for money, give them an opportunity to make an informed decision rather than just feel they have to give cash. They can direct those people to ongoing services, they can get them to a hot meal rather than just a dollars’ worth of food. We think it is a better choice if they really want to help someone long term.”
If you would to like to have a stack of cards in your business call the Salvation Army.