Jackson Co. shelters help homeless through winter storm

Winter weather is taking aim at Jackson County and the rest of South Mississippi. There have been reports of icy roads and even snow in the northern part of the county. As the temperatures drop, two organizations are making sure folks have a place to eat and lay their heads.

While the wintry mix dumped freezing rain and sleet in Jackson County Tuesday, Our Daily Bread soup kitchen opened its doors to get the hungry and homeless out of the cold to feed them.

"We are going to be open despite the bad weather," Director Mary Meldren said.

"These people are still hungry, and it is up to the efforts that we make here to do our mission as we do every day through hail, rain, sleet and snow just like the mail man."

Susan Bridges was one of many who trekked to the soup kitchen in the cold. She said having a nourishing, free meal is a blessing.

"Sometimes this is all people have, and they need to be able to get warm and get something to eat because a dollar don't stretch like it use to and we all struggle," said Bridges.

The captain over the Salvation Army is also expecting a full house here as the winter weather moves in.

"We have about 50 people here already. The weather outside is driving people in doors already, and it is getting worse outside. We are just preparing. The numbers could get big tonight," Captain Andy Bailey said.

Bailey said this shelter has all the necessities folks will need while they hunker down during this cold front.

"We provide it all; towels, personal items, we feed them three meals, and we have snacks and all kind of stuff even televisions."

Bailey said many of the people at the shelter are homeless, but the shelter is still open to everyone.

"We have plenty of room. People can stay until the weather breaks. We are ready."

Our Daily Bread will not be delivering food Wednesday, but workers will be serving all walk-ins at the Pascagoula location.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.