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Whom do we serve?
Our food pantry provides emergency food to over 1,000 households every month. Pantry clients are from the following Mississippi counties: Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jones, Lamar and Wayne. Clients may receive food bags one time per month. At their initial visit to our pantry, clients complete a Client Eligibility Form on which they disclose the names and ages of all household members and total income from all sources (including SNAP, TANF, and SSI). Returning clients must re-certify their eligibility every three months.
How much do they receive each month?
Our goal is to provide our clients with around 10 pounds of food per household member during their monthly visit to our food pantry. Obviously 10 pounds is only supplemental or emergency food, not enough to sustain one person for an entire month. Since we serve over 1,000 families-- or 2,400 people-- each month, our distribution goal is approximately 25,000 pounds of food per month.
Where do we get our food?
- ESFC is an approved distribution agency of the Mississippi Food Network which warehouses and distributes products from the USDA, Feeding America (formerly known as America's Second Harvest), and wholesale food distributors.
- We purchase bulk dry food-- such as rice, beans, and oats-- which volunteers repackage into family-size portions. We are blessed to receive grant funds from Jarden Consumer Solutions and the Asbury Foundation, as well as private and corporate donations, to purchase bulk food.
- Food collection drives by school, church, and community groups account for a large amount of our pantry inventory. See below for a list of the most-needed food items.
- Extra Table is a non-profit agency committed to eliminating hunger in Mississippi. As Extra Table's first partner agency, we gratefully receive monthly shipments of first-quality, healthy food ordered by Extra Table and delivered by Sysco.
- Our community and high tunnel gardens provide fresh vegetables and fruit most of the year. Volunteers are welcome to help plant, maintain, and harvest the crops!
- Corporate donors, including Sanderson Farms, Pizza Hut, Cici's Pizza, Breadsmith, and the Petal Wal Mart, generously allow us to pick up donated food items on a regular basis. Volunteers repackage many of these foods into family-size servings.
- The Society of Saint Andrew coordinates the gleaning of produce from farmers' fields across the state to provide fresh food to ESFC and other food pantries.
How can you help?
- Organize a food collection drive. A list of staple items appears below.
- Contact us to volunteer in the gardens or food pantry (bagging groceries or checking in clients on the computer).
- Support us financially.
- Pray for our ministry and the families we serve.
What food items do we need the most?
Boxed Milk; Dry Milk; Canned Fruit
Mac & Cheese; Tomato Sauce; Canned Meat
Canned Chili; Canned Ravioli; Soup
Vegetables; Pasta Pasta; Sauces
Rice; Dry Beans; Oatmeal
Peanut Butter; Canned Tomatoes; Quick Grits