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Pascagoula soup kitchen battles to feed hungry in tough economy

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – Workers at Our Daily Bread in Pascagoula say the soup kitchen is experiencing one of its worst years ever. Demand for meals is up 60 percent a month from last year.

Marshall Peters lives on a fixed income and eats at the soup kitchen every day. 

"I enjoy coming down here," Peters said. "It really helps me out with food." 

Coordinator Mary Meldren said Our Daily Bread is now serving more than 9,200 meals a month to the hungry in Pascagoula. 

"A lot of them come and say they have had to sell appliances to pay their utility bill," Meldren said.

And they aren't the only ones worries about being able to pay their bills. Our Daily Bread workers are concerned they won't have enough food to feed the needy because donations are down by 70 percent. 

"Of course we are worried, look at our shelves. How can we feed people when you don't have nothing?" Meldren asked as she pointed to empty shelves in the pantry. 

Meldren blames the lack of food and monetary donations on the tight economy. But she said the kitchen's budget is too small to handle such a big loss. 

"We get enough money to pay our pay our bills. There is not anything extra we can brag on." 

She said staff members are now using their own money to buy food to help out.  

Meldren is praying that help comes from somewhere because Our Daily Bread has to stay open to feed the needy.

"I don't care what I cook, as long as I get something in their stomach that is my main goal." 

If you want to help Our Daily Bread, call (228) 769-7510.  

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