Kory's Cajun Country Club parties with a purpose

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Ever heard of using food as a tactic to generate even more food? Well that's exactly what Kory's Cajun Country Club did on Saturday. Various teams fired up their grills for a fundraiser for the Hancock County Food Pantry.

The judges for the Cajun barbeque cook-off appeared to have no problem fulfilling their duties. They tested the fire roasted delicacies from 12 chefs, all lending their talents for a special purpose.

"We're doing this for the food pantry. I went by there the other day, and the shelves looked kind of bare. So I said let's do a little something for the people who are hungry in Hancock County," said Country Club owner, Kory Lawrence.

In addition to the county club giving a portion of the event's proceeds to the pantry, they also set up an onsite non-perishable food drive.

Food Pantry workers said the gesture is beyond appreciated.

"Its good to be out here and see the people who have come out. Especially the ones doing the cooking because it's a lot of work for them, and we truly appreciate it," said Peg Walton with the Hancock County Food Pantry.

Pantry workers said this fundraiser came just in time because lately they've seen a need for their services more than ever.

"Last month, it was one of the busiest months we've had, and at the same time, our donations are going down," Ed Catone also with the Hancock County Food Pantry said. "So we're dipping into our reserves for everyday operation. So this is really going to help out."

Besides the cook-off, the event provided live music, games for the kids and an opportunity for the community to connect.

In all, the organization set a goal to raise about $5,000 from the cook off.

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