Hattiesburg initiative seeks to provide an "Extra Table"

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - An initiative founded by Pine Belt chef and author, Robert St. John, aims to curb hunger in Mississippi by giving the needy an "Extra Table."

The effort is a partnership with food distributor Sysco. Restaurants can contact their Sysco representative and place an order for a food box at varying price points. Those boxes will then be distributed to food banks like the Edwards Street Fellowship Center in Hattiesburg and Christian Services each month.

St. John explained his passion for the program. He said, "And we've got too many kids in Mississippi who eat a school breakfast and a school lunch and then they don't eat again until the next day. I've got two kids at home who have never missed a meal and that keeps me up at night and that is why I'm doing this."

Individuals and businesses can participate in "Extra Table," through the Pine Belt Community Foundation. The Edwards Street Center says donations are always needed, because they provide food boxes to about 600 families in the greater Hub City region each month.

For more information about "Extra Table," and how you can help, log onto extratable.org.

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