Long Beach Food Pantry Reopens

The Long Beach food pantry has a lot of food to give out, but no one to give it to.

The pantry re-located to 450 East Second Street after the hurricane washed away its building on 5th Street. It is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 2pm.

Volunteers have been stocking shelves with groceries donated by churches and purchased with FEMA money. But the pantry president says it seems like no one knows they're open again.

"We have advertised as much as we know how to let people know, but the word just doesn't seem to be going out," Food Pantry President Franklin Williams said. "We give out non-perishable food items, all the way from green beans, corn, peas and spaghetti sauce, spaghetti. You know, anything that is non-perishable that will support a family for two weeks."

Williams says before the storm last summer, they gave out food to more than 5,000 families. The pantry serves people from Highway 49 west and from Saucier.

Franklin says anyone needing groceries should bring a social security card for each member of their family.