When the recent flooding happened in Louisiana, the Salvation Army of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, like many charitable organizations in South Mississippi, was quick to send food and support to help relieve the suffering.
But sending the aid for the flood victims has taken its toll on services provided on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“We sent so much food to help with disaster relief in Baton Rouge and in Louisiana that our food pantry in Gulfport is critically low,” said Salvation Army Public Relations Director Morgan Shiyou.
Shiyou said the stock at the pantry is used for the organization's food assistance program.
“Part of our food assistance program is that we give people groceries and now we need groceries,” she said.
She said that the food supply also has been affected by the number of people who have been displaced by the flood.
“We have so many people and families who have reached out to the Salvation Army because they have temporarily lost their homes,” Shiyou said.
The Salvation Army is in need of canned goods, bread and any other prepackaged items.
Shiyou said food can be dropped off in Gulfport at 2019 22nd St. and at the Kroc Center in Biloxi.
Food can also be dropped off at Coast Whataburger locations.
Salvation Army Food Assistance
The food pantry serves first come, first served.
2019 22nd St., Gulfport
Food pantry hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m.
Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.
Food is given on a first come, first serve basis. The pantry closes when it reaches capacity.
Ages 18 to 65 may receive food from the pantry once every three months.
Ages 65 and up may receive food from the pantry once three months.
Homeless clients may receive food once a week on Fridays.
Please bring with you:
- Your lease stating utilities are included or a recent utility bill in your name.
- Valid state issued photo ID for adults.
- One form of documentation for every member of the household such as Social Security card, birth certificate, etc.
- Homeless clients only need to show photo ID.