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200 needy families receive free food from Christian Services

Dozens of families wait in line at Christian Services Saturday for free boxes of donated food. Dozens of families wait in line at Christian Services Saturday for free boxes of donated food.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

More than 200 needy families were provided with boxes of free food Saturday by the staff and volunteers at Hattiesburg's Christian Services, Inc. Much of the food was donated after Christian Services Executive Director Bill Prout made an appeal during a story on 7-On-Your-Side in April. Some of it was also collected during an annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 12.     

"As a result of that interview, we began to get phone calls, people said hey, we want to do a canned food drive for you, we want to do a dry food drive for you," Prout said. "And then the call came from several people who said, I can't go get the food, will you take money? And I said, oh yeah, we'll take money, because we can take that money and convert it into food," he said. 

This was the third major free food distribution since September of 2011. 

"It's going to help a whole lot," said Mary Gray of Hattiesburg, one of the people who received a food box. 

"They're a blessing, they help many, many people that are in need," said Sharon Jones, another food box recipient. 

Beginning next month, Christian Services will once again sell boxes of quality meats and vegetables at greatly discounted prices. The food will be provided by a new Christian organization called One Harvest. 

Christian Services had been selling discount food boxes provided by Angel Food Ministries for some time.  But, that organization shut down last September.   

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