Gulfport church hosts food-drop for those in need this holiday season

Gulfport church hosts food-drop for those in need this holiday season

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - A Gulfport church is making sure no one goes hungry this holiday season. Saturday, Morning Star Baptist Church handed out food to more than 350 families.

“People are out of work, people don’t have sufficient food supply and we have been privileged to help Feeding the Gulf Coast share the food that they have with this community,” said Morning Star Baptist pastor John Whitfield.

Feeding the Gulf Coast provided more than 13,000 pounds of food for this giveaway. Hundreds of cars lined up to receive boxes full of fresh veggies, bread, rice, juice and other foods, as well as a dessert.

People were grateful for the church’s generosity.

“It really helps me save on a budget because I am on a budget, monthly income,” said Paulette Stern. “So it really has saved me this season with this COVID and everything, prices has really skyrocketed on food.”

Volunteers said they just want to be part of providing some extra assistance to those in need, especially during the pandemic.

“It’s a multitude of the masses are feeling the economical downturn because of the pandemic right now and economical hardship facing us and the state of Mississippi,” said Jeffrey Hulum III. “So it’s best for everybody to bring all their resources together so nobody goes lacking especially during this holiday season.”

Sonny Provost also added “Some people don’t know how it feels to be hungry, I do. And knowing that my belly is full because of the love of God, I just want to give back to those who don’t have.”

Another food drop is scheduled for December 23rd at 10 a.m.

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