Taste of South Mississippi

Name a better way to spend your Thursday than by supporting both your appetite and the youth at the Taste of South Mississippi event.

Thirty vendors packed the Kroc Center for an amazing event. From gumbo to steak to wings, locals had a chance to enjoy some of the best restaurants South Mississippi has to offer. Salvation Army Area Commander Major Bradley Caldwell said, “People in the community can support the scholarship effort without just handing over the cash. It’s a great fun event. It lets local restaurants promote their products.”

All proceeds go directly towards the Salvation Army’s youth programs and scholarship fund benefiting the children who can’t afford to pay for a membership. Salvation Army Area Commander Anita Caldwell said, “Maybe a mother who needs child care for their child so she can go to work. That’s a possibility. Maybe a child who wants to learn how to swim, that’s a possibility.”

“We love them and we care for them and we want to see them advance in life. This is just one step on the way we hope to add to their life’s journey.”

For years now, the Salvation Army knows it is not about the number of vendors, but the quality of the food to attract the taste buds of the Gulf Coast to help the youth. “It changes their future. It gives them hope and really that was the dream of the Kroc Center.”

There was also a silent auction to go along with the event. At the end of the night, participants had the chance to vote for their favorite dish. Salvation Army volunteer Katherine Doyle said, “The turnout is wonderful. The food is awesome.”

“Most of all, it helps the children participate in an educational, safe, recreational community.”

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