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Beau Rivage kicks off 3rd annual food fight

In 2014, Beau Rivage employees were able to provide more than 40,000 meals during the food fight. This year they're asking South Mississippi organizations and businesses for even more help. (Photo source: WLOX) In 2014, Beau Rivage employees were able to provide more than 40,000 meals during the food fight. This year they're asking South Mississippi organizations and businesses for even more help. (Photo source: WLOX)
Beau Rivage will be collecting non-perishable food items until February 27. The three drop off locations are Feed My Sheep in Gulfport, Loaves and Fishes in Biloxi, and Lord is My Help in Ocean Springs. (Photo source: WLOX) Beau Rivage will be collecting non-perishable food items until February 27. The three drop off locations are Feed My Sheep in Gulfport, Loaves and Fishes in Biloxi, and Lord is My Help in Ocean Springs. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

MGM Resorts International recognizes the severity of hunger in the United States, and Mississippi is at the top of that list. In an effort to combat the problem, MGM's three regional properties have decided to participate in what they call a charitable battle.

It all began in 2013 when Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and MGM Resorts International participated in a regional food fight that will help those less fortunate or home bound get a meal.

"It's an amazing opportunity, it's great," Beau Rivage's Human Resource Training Specialist Sarah Gladish said. "One of our core values is to be active in the community and giving back to the community, so it makes everyone here get to see a little bit of the other side of the world and what's going on and participate."

Ted Riemann has been head of Feed My Sheep in Gulfport for more than 20 years. He says being a part of project like this makes him appreciate the work being done in our community on a daily basis.

"This is a great example of that line, 'It takes a village,'" ," Riemann said.

"It takes a community. And in this case it takes a community to feed the poor and help soup kitchens so we have a fully stocked pantry."

One food recipient we spoke with said he considers it a blessing when he's able to receive a hot meal made from the donations others provide.

"It's great that we have people around that care and want to help. Like I said, it would be hard to make ends meet without them," Billy said.

In 2014, Beau Rivage employees were able to provide more than 40,000 meals during the food fight. This year they're asking South Mississippi organizations and businesses for even more help.

"It can only make it better. It's the way we can get the community in touch with the local food banks and that they do need help, and it's very important that all of us pull together," Gladish said.

Beau Rivage will be collecting non-perishable food items until February 27. The three drop off locations are Feed My Sheep in Gulfport, Loaves and Fishes in Biloxi, and Lord is My Help in Ocean Springs.

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