PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Just about every day you'll find hundreds of people lining up for a hot meal at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen. Director Edwin Quave is surprised by the growing need in Jackson County.
"September, we served 13,000 people. We usually have about 250 a day," Quave said.
And he expects those numbers to increase as more South Mississippians struggle during this economic downturn.
"There are a lot of people out of jobs and a lot of people hungry now, so we do what we can to fulfill that need."
Volunteers like Alvin Black are helping do just that.
"I get to help other people, and I try to follow Jesus' example," Black said.
Black is one of the faithful few who has volunteered for more than a year.
"Some days we are shorthanded and we do extra work. It is difficult to get all the work done."
Black said extra hands fixing a plate of food or pouring a drink would cut the long lines in half.
"Everybody needs to volunteer somewhere and do something to make the world a better place. We can't just go along blindly expecting everything to be better unless we do our part."
This month Tyeesha Smith is doing her part to help Our Daily Bread. The volunteer said she's already seeing the benefits of serving others.
"It's just the experience of helping out. And they teach me how to cook," Smith said.
"It is much more plentiful to give than to receive," Black said.