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Want to donate to a local food bank for the holidays? Here’s where to give

Morgan Shiyou, public relations director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command of The Salvation Army, puts together a ‘snack pack’ for a homeless person from nearly bare shelves at the Command Office in Gulfport in November. The Salvation Army wants to fill its shelves before Christmas.
Morgan Shiyou, public relations director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command of The Salvation Army, puts together a ‘snack pack’ for a homeless person from nearly bare shelves at the Command Office in Gulfport in November. The Salvation Army wants to fill its shelves before Christmas. tmsmith@sunherald.com

Food pantries across South Mississippi are accepting donations to make sure needy families have food in their cabinets and on their tables during the Christmas season.

Food banks typically accept all types of non-perishable foods. Some provide food to more than 30 food pantries in South Mississippi by charging organizations a reduced cost.

You also can give directly to a food pantry near you. There’s at least one sponsored by nationally recognized charitable groups in each of the six southernmost counties, and dozens more sponsored by churches.

Your donation could be as simple as a bag of food or a truck load, or cash or gift cards to buy food.

If you can’t give food or money, volunteering can be a heart-warming way to help.

Just visit these websites or pick up the phone and call one of these organizations to find out how you can contribute your time, money or goods.

Coastwide

▪ Feeding the Gulf Coast

Mississippi branch, 1501 34th St., Gulfport

228-896-6979

▪ The Salvation Army of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

2019 22nd St., Gulfport

228-374-8301

▪ Society of St. Vincent de Paul

(Diocesan Council of Biloxi), P.O. Box 4098, Biloxi 39531

Call for a location near you

228-388-1837

▪ Twelve Baskets Food Bank

(Catholic Charities and Social Services), call for a location near you

228-822-0836.

George County

▪ George/Greene County Baptist Food Bank

134 Highway 198 West, Lucedale

601-947-4981

▪ The Salvation Army

52 Virginia St., Lucedale

601-766-3577

Hancock County

▪ Hancock County Food Pantry

9972 Mississippi 603, Bay St. Louis

228-467-2790

Harrison County

▪ Back Bay Mission

1012 Division St., Biloxi

228-432-0301

▪ Salvation Army

2019 22nd St., Gulfport

228-374-8301

Jackson County

▪ The Lord is My Help

1205 DeSoto Street, Ocean Springs

228-872-2331

▪ The Salvation Army

3217 Nathan Hale Ave., Pascagoula

228-762-7222

▪ Our Daily Bread

3502 Old Mobile Ave., Pascagoula

228-769-7510

Pearl River County

▪ Brother’s Keeper Ministries

208 N. Main St., Poplarville

601-795-3173

Stone County

▪ Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

227 1st St. S., Wiggins

601-928-1668

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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