GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It was all about giving back in Gulfport on Saturday, and a group worked hard in the heat to give away $30,000 worth of food to more than 200 people across the Coast.
"We're just here trying to make a stand and say we're willing to step up as MPACT and make a difference," said the Rev. Rashawn Bey.
Bey and other event coordinators call this the MPACT Mobile Food Pantry. There, 5,000 pounds of groceries were separated and packed for families in need.
"We came together as brothers and sisters in Christ and wanted to really do what we said we were going to do and not just talk about what we're going to do," said Bey.
Through the event, they did just that as they sorted and packed away food, drinks and school supplies for those who registered.
Nichole Martin came with her three children, niece and nephew after hearing about the event just a few days ago.
"I think it's good. It's for a good cause, because a lot of people out here need help with their kids," Martin said with a smile.
Susie Jimerson also came out to the drive.
"I think it's wonderful. It's very much needed, and this is just a blessing, not to me, but to everybody. I just appreciate the whole thing. It's just a blessing," Jimerson said.
Bey says it feels terrific to be able to help those who may fall a little short sometimes.
"It's really letting us know what's going on in our community that we had no idea about," Bey said. "This gave us an opportunity to get in the lives of people, for them to humble themselves and not be embarrassed but to let them know that hey, we do need help, and we need it now."
Bey says he looks forward to holding another mobile food pantry soon.
Visit mpactyourfuture.org to stay up to date with all of MPACT's future food drives and other events.