Mississippians experience hunger more than residents of any other state. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how charities are donating tons of food to some of the state's most needy families.

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Feed the Children Helps 400 Needy Mississippi Families

By Daniel Cherry | Published 07 Mar 2012 06:55pm | comments

Mississippians experience hunger more than residents of any other state. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how charities are donating tons of food to some of the state's most needy families.

The Feed the Children charity dropped off a semi filled with about 7 tons of food and household supplies at the Christian Fellowship Outreach Mission in Tylertown yesterday. Before leaving their home base in Oklahoma City, workers filled hundreds of boxes with food.

After it arrived residents like Willie Nell McKenzie could pull their car around and receive boxes of food.

McKenzie says she lives off social security, but it doesn't make all the ends meet.

"It just don't cover everything you need. Medicare has got to come out of it. Then you've got to have your prescription card come out of it. Then you've got utilities. And all that's went up, and the little check has stayed down."

That's why she relies on programs like this for food. Larry Walker of Tylertown knows how badly people in the area are hurting. That's why he's volunteering his time to get food out to residents.

"My neighbors and friends, I know they need a hand. It means a whole lot. Means the difference between missing a meal...It's tough out there these days."

More than one in five Mississippians rely on government food assistance programs, but the real number factoring in charities and food banks may never be known. Gregory Allen runs the food bank in Tylertown where Feed the Children dropped off the supplies. He says this will help, but not for long.

"The economy is bad. A lot of people are really needing help you know. We just reach the ones we can, but there's still a lot of people in need for help. It's still pretty bad because doing this, we're going to give out all of this today and people are still going to be in need."

The food truck gave about 400 families enough food to last a week.

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