PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - With Thanksgiving just a few days away, one Jackson County Bank is making sure the homeless and hungry across the county eat in a big way. First Federal Bank officials donated two truckloads of food Monday to Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, so the needy are able to have a hot meal.
The employees, along with the help of customers and local schools, deposited into the lives of those less fortunate by donating more than 1,200 canned goods, money, and much more.
"Bags of rice, we have got cake mixes, we even have some paper products. We had someone bring cases of baby food," said Vice President Marketing Jennifer Garlich.
All of the food was loaded up and delivered to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen along with a check for $205. Board member Dobbs Dennis couldn't believe it.
"It all wouldn't fit in my truck," Dennis said. "We had to bring out another truck, which is a good problem."
Dennis said this donation was right on time, especially after the free food delivery service was stopped this summer because of funding problems.
On top of that, nearly 1,000 people are expected to eat at the kitchen on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"All of this is about three meals. We go through a lot of food," Dennis said.
Bank officials said they got the idea to help feed the hungry and homeless after hearing about the soup kitchens' struggles on WLOX News.
"We kicked if off in August, but before then we saw Dobbs on TV about Our Daily Bread and all I had to do is send one email to our employees and get them going on and everybody was on board. When I saw you on TV yesterday, I was so excited and wanted to get the word out on what we have done and other people in the community would catch on," Garlich said.
Dennis couldn't agree more and is thankful for the help.
"There are some other organizations that are looking to team up us. Once they see what First Federal has done I hope see larger businesses partner with Our Daily Bread for the people who are hungry," Dennis said.
This was the first year First Federal has collected food and money for Our Daily Bread.