HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County Food Pantry volunteers bag groceries five days a week for families which qualify for federal assistance programs.
"It's a supplement to food stamps or whatever else they can afford to buy," Director Ed Catone said.
While federal programs help, they do not always provide enough so that is why the food pantry steps in, to make sure people in Hancock County do not go hungry. Like other programs, in times of disaster the pantry sees a greater need.
"I would say an average day is 22 families, after Isaac for a few weeks we were doing 40 or so," Catone said.
Deputy Director Pat Gerald said, "Some of which would not normally qualify due to their income, but they lost everything in the storm and we were here for them."
To make that happen, the non-profit relies strictly on volunteers and donations. Those in charge say the generosity of the community is amazing.
Wednesday, Beau Rivage employees presented a $5,000 check to the organization.
Beau Rivage Director of Human Resources Allison Smith Mitchell said, "We would love to give to every agency but unfortunately there is only so much to go around, so we usually choose agencies most in need."
That money will make a big difference to many in need.
"The $5,000 at $45 a family, will feed a little more than 1,000 families, depending on the size," Gerald said.
"It's just a great feeling to know that people care that much and will go to that trouble to help you out and it means we can continue to help people," Catone said.
If you would like to help the Hancock County Food Pantry by donating your time or money, visit http://www.hancockcountyfoodpantry.org.