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Back Bay Mission asking for help

Biloxi's Back Bay Mission is in desperate need of food donations. Their food pantry, which used to be filled, is now nearly empty. Biloxi's Back Bay Mission is in desperate need of food donations. Their food pantry, which used to be filled, is now nearly empty.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Biloxi's Back Bay Mission is in desperate need of food donations. Their food pantry, which used to be filled, is now nearly empty. And while the donations are slowing down, the need just keeps getting bigger.

"Last week alone, 133 people came to the mission asking for food," said Jill Cartledge with Back Bay Mission. 

In order to give food to everybody that comes in, they have been forced to decrease the amount they are giving out.

Larry Silk certainly knows how important those donations of food can be. He spent about six months living on the streets. Then he heard about The Back Bay Mission.

"I never thought that there were people who would actually go out of their way to help somebody like a homeless person," Silk said.

Now, he volunteers as the mission's food pantry coordinator.

Every day, Silk and Cartledge see people in need of food donations. And they say it's not just the coast's homeless population. 

"There are plenty of people who just can't find work," Cartledge said. "Other people who work part time who can't make the ends meet and are having to choose going without food to be able to pay bills. So they are coming here for food."

The mission can only keep doing what it has done for so many years with the help of this generous community. They're confident that help will keep coming, even in these tough times.

"This mission has been based on a lot of faith and a lot of hope for many years, and I always believe that somebody is going to come through," Cartledge said.

Larry Silk certainly hopes that is the case. He told us that if not for Back Bay Mission, he may not be alive today.  If you can help in any way, the mission is on Division Street in Biloxi. You can learn more about how to help on their website, http://www.thebackbaymission.org/.

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