HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Diamondhead Lions Club made an effort to provide food to many in Hancock County Wednesday.
"Lions are service oriented. Our goal is that we serve, and today, this is what we're doing," said former Lions Club Governor Dwain Simpson.
5,000 pounds of food filling around 200 boxes. That's what the Diamondhead Lions Club made available to Hancock County residents. Along with the usual canned goods and breads that you might find at a food drive, this one had a bit more.
"We have dairy products. We have milk. We have cottage cheese. We even have some pizza," said Diamondhead Lions Club President Miriam Gray.
According to Gray, it's events like this that fulfill what the Lions Club stands for.
"Anywhere that we're needed in the community, we're there for them," said Gray.
She said the event was made possible through a partnership with Hands On Mississippi. Hands On Executive Director Holly Gibbs was happy that her organization could provide the grant that made the day a success.
Gibbs said Hands On is all about helping people through volunteerism.
"Our mission right now is to help the individuals who have fallen in the gap paycheck to paycheck," said Gibbs.
Many people lined up outside of the Hancock County Correctional Facility to pick up a box of food. A lot of them agreed that residents in the community were struggling. Some said that the day was a blessing, and meant a lot to a lot of people.
That's why Gibbs said she makes events like this happen, because of the need in the community.
"This program was perfect. It fills that need, and it's a really great burst of fresh food into the community to help with healthy habits," said Gibbs.
The food was supplied by local grocery stores that pull the produce from the shelves before it expires, instead of throwing it out. The Diamondhead Lions Club hopes to make this an annual event.
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