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The Feed the Children Program Is Distributing Food to Families in Some of the State’s Poorest Counti

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 13 Jan 2011 08:19am | comments

More than 60 thousand pounds of free non perishable food and personal care items are being donated to some of Mississippi's most needy families. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports on the efforts of Feed the Children.

34 year old Nicole Freeman is a single mother of two. Her family along with about 400 other
Holmes County family's braved blistering winds in a Lexington parking lot yesterday to receive 25 pound boxes filled with everything from shampoo to deodorant to food.

"It will at least help me for a week to help get food on my table for my children."

Freeman says she sees the Feed the Children give away as a blessing because she knows how difficult it can be just to make ends meet.

"On those nights when I didn't have food to eat I just took what I could to put together to put my children to put my children, have a meal before they go to bed. If it wasn't non but some chicken, you know if I had one pack or something like that I tried to stretch in order for them to have a meal."

Recent studies show that Mississippi leads the nation in the number of people who go to bed hungry each night. Reverend Louis Hawthorn, oversees 15 churches in the Holmes County.

"By us being one of the poorest counties in the United States and had very few jobs and a lot of our industries and stuff have closed down. And now they are really going through a difficult time and they're struggling for food and people are crying out and we are trying to share and we are also struggling and trying to make sure that people and children are fed."

"This program of course is Payton's Play it Forward Foundation, the Coach for the New Orleans Saints."

That's Lexington Mayor, Robin McCrory. She says her city is just one example of the growing destitution taking place all across the state.

"And the number of impoverished children in the state of Mississippi, it would take four of those stadiums to hold the number of impoverished children in Mississippi. And we are fortunate to receive one of the 18 trucks that are going out within the next few weeks."

Over the next two weeks feed the children will make donations in Greenwood and Tylertown. Stops are also planned for Alabama and Tennessee. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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