February 7, 2013
opens at Chulahoma center
The new Feeding Hearts Food Pantry at Chulahoma Community Center was heralded at a ribbon-cutting ceremony January 24.
The new pantry is funded entirely through private donations to the non-profit organization North Mississippi Community Research and Training Development Corporation. The pantry takes advantage of bulk purchases through the Memphis (Tenn.) Food Bank, which also provides food for the Homeless Shelter and other charities.
Nine seniors are being served at the Chulahoma Community Center daily through Northeast Mississippi Community Services, which provides the food and transportation for seniors to the centers. Delia Reid, director of the Victoria Community Center, said about 40 individuals are served at the Victoria center.
Marshall County provides the facilities, utilities, and in some cases games and activities for the community centers’ daily meals and activities for seniors.
Supervisor George Zinn thanked a number of individuals who help pick up food in Memphis and load and unload food at the food pantry. They include William and Helen Newsom and Helen Thomas, who help stock the pantry and pick up, haul and unload supplies.
Zinn said orders are called in to Memphis on Tuesdays after the pantry is looked over to see what is in short supply.
Anyone who needs food help can contact their district supervisor and ask for help from the pantry, Zinn said.
On hand to celebrate the ribbon-cutting with seniors and center directors were Lennell Lucas, John Faulkner, Larry Hall, supervisor Eddie Dixon and Marilyn Curry.
Dixon said he has only one community center in his district, located at Slayden. It is used regularly by the community for family birthday celebrations, funeral repasts, church events and other activities, he said.
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