BAY ST. LOUIS -- The Hancock County Food Pantry is celebrating 30 years of service to the community this month.
The non-profit organization was founded by area churches in 1986 and is operated entirely by volunteers.
More than 100 volunteers staff the food distribution warehouse and client intake offices.
John Wittliff, treasurer of the food pantry, has dedicated the 30-year celebration to the organization's volunteers and contributors.
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"Our food pantry is one of the best run and widest-reaching food pantry's in the state -- all thanks to the tireless work of our volunteers and generosity of our contributors," Wittliff said.
Since its founding, the Hancock County Food Pantry has provided free food to 247,000 persons from over 100,000 families. And during 2015, the food pantry spent over $167,000 to purchase 265,000 pounds of food to give away to 12,495 persons from 7,003 families.