New program helps coast fishermen feed families

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Commercial fishermen impacted by the oil spill will get help feeding their families. Several South Mississippi farmers markets are participating in a voucher program.

MarketUmbrella is a New Orleans-based organization that has teamed up with national nonprofit called Wholesome Wave. Together they've formed a program called MarinersMatch.

MarinersMatch is an initiative to support  Louisiana and Mississippi commercial fishermen, shrimpers, crabbers and oystermen impacted  by the BP oil spill.

Officials say a $40 allotment is available while supplies last to any registered commercial fishermen who presents his/her fishing license and picture I.D. at any of the participating farmers markets' welcome tent.

In Mississippi, fishermen can got to the Bay St. Louis, Ocean Springs, on Long Beach farmers markets to seek assistance.

Real Food Gulf Coast operates the markets. For more information call Diane Claughton at (228) 257-2496 or Dita McCarthy at (228) 234-8732.

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