Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes
These difficult days are putting a strain on thousands of people in Northeast Mississippi. While food pantries always serve a vital need, their work has become increasingly critical as more and more individuals are laid off work.
The issue, though, is a double-edged sword. Food pantries are not only feeding more people, but they are doing so with fewer volunteers. Under normal circumstances, food pantries often rely on retirees to volunteer. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, many of those retirees are understandably choosing to stay home.
In addition, several food pantries have altered their procedures so that clients remain in their cars to decrease the person-to-person interactions that occur during the usual process.
Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes has adjusted to all these challenges, thanks to their regular volunteers and others who have stepped up to the plate. In March the pantry added a distribution day just for clients 70 years of age and older then conducted their regular distribution the following day. Having help from the Aberdeen Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office made a huge difference.
In March the pantry provided food for 400 families, consisting of 643 individuals. Compare that to 321 families (493 individuals) in February, and you see how important their service is.
Thank you to all the volunteers at Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes. Your work makes such a difference to so many!
If you are healthy and feel comfortable volunteering at this time, please consider helping one of the feeding programs in Northeast Mississippi. Click here for a list of programs needing volunteers.
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