PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Donations continue to roll in to help restart Our Daily Bread's food delivery service in Jackson County. The free service that helps hundreds of elderly, home-bound, and disabled residents abruptly ended last month because of a lack of funding.
Our Daily Bread officials happily added a $1,000 check to its food delivery resurrection fund. Members of The Pascagoula Negro/Carver High School Alumni Association said they want to help the soup kitchen during this tough time.
"When we heard about them not being able to deliver any meals, we thought we needed to step up to the plate," Justine Montgomery said.
Plates of food have not been delivered in a month to nearly 500 seniors and disabled residents in Gautier, Pascagoula and Moss Point. The cut was made because of funding issues.
"It breaks my heart to know that people are waiting on the meal truck to come through and it is not coming through."
Wilda Marshall and her 1968 alumni class donate money and time every other month to help feed the hungry. She said the long lines of people waiting to get fed Tuesday show free services provided by the soup kitchen are necessary.
"In the future, I hope other organizations will come and donate."
So far, the public has donated more than $13,000 since the delivery program was cut. Our Daily Bread Board member Dobbs Dennis said the money is great start.
"The money is coming, but it is still not enough. We are still $18,000 to $19,000 in the hole. We are starting to see our heads above water."
Dennis said they will stay optimistic that more big donors would dig deep in their pockets and give to get the food delivery service rolling again. If you would like to help, call Our Daily Bread at (228) 769-7510.