Good tunes and good food for a good cause: Feed The Need aims to help the hungry in Ocean Springs

pochs@sunherald.com Twitter: PatrickOchsJuly 6, 2014 

OCEAN SPRINGS -- A group of South Mississippians are hoping good food, good tunes and good times go a long way toward helping a good cause.

A group of friends in Ocean Springs came together Sunday to host the inaugural Feed The Need, a benefit concert and fish fry with the proceeds going to The Lord Is My Help soup kitchen.

Local music acts Emily Sholes and Jason Sanford of Rosco Bandana, Cary Hudson, Grayson Capps, Rooster Blues and The Dig highlighted the first-time event at The Government Street Grocery.

Even on a beautifully sun-soaked Sunday, organizer Liz LeBleu said it's important for people to remember there are others who are less fortunate who need help in any number of ways.

"We're just hoping for the best and praying that The Lord Is My Help is on a lot of people's minds," she said. "We just want people to know about (The Lord Is My Help) and that there is hunger and that it's not that far away.

"It's right here in our backyards. Everybody can give and every bit counts."

Despite operating on a "shoestring budget" and often kept afloat by donations and benefits like Sunday's, The Lord Is My Help has always had a rule that it doesn't matter who you are -- if you're hungry, they'll feed you, said Bob Smith, a board member at the soup kitchen.

"If it's a businessman in a suit, we don't care. If it's somebody who is living on the street, we don't care. We'll feed you," he said. "I always thought that was a good rule.

"We don't have disqualifications for people who walk through the door. If you're hungry, we'll feed you."

In addition to live music and fried fish, the benefit also featured a silent auction of local arts and crafts as well as a drawing.

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