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Biloxi mission workers worry they may soon run out of food


By Jeff Lawson – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Back Bay Mission in Biloxi began helping people in 1922, and they have never stopped.

Among the many things the mission does is provide canned goods to those who are hungry. They have never had to turn anyone away, but unless things change that could happen soon.

"Our food pantry is in a critical state right now," case worker Jill Cartledge said.

Cartlidge said it pains her to say that, but the reality is they are running very low on food. That certainly hasn't always been the case. For instance, last year a new freezer was stocked with food. Now it sits empty.

The mission gets the food from a couple of places, but first and foremost is the USDA. The problem is, that agency finds itself stretched thin because they are having to send food to so many more locales around the country. Of course, the mission also relies on donations from near and far.

The mission gives out food three days a week and on a typical day, anywhere from 20 to 30 people will show up. Cartlidge said that in an ironic twist, some of the people coming to their doors asking for food are the same people who a few years ago were giving donations to the mission.

The people who work and volunteer at Back Bay Mission are determined that the day will never come when they have no food to give. Cartlidge said she is confident someone will step forward to help.

Simply stated, they have a lot of faith in the people of this community. If you would like to help, the mission is on Division Street in Biloxi and the phone number is (228) 432-0301.

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