HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Several employees of Outback Steakhouse volunteered their time to feed the many victims of the tornado.
The employees worked throughout the day cooking and packaging around 200o meals to be distributed to the six mobile feeding kitchens the Salvation Army has set up throughout the affected area. Some of the mobile units are set up in fixed locations like the EOC shelter and others are going door to distribute the meals.
Captain Andy Gilliam says volunteer groups like the one from Outback are crucial in order for them to help the large number of people who need it.
"About 14,000 people who we've heard are affected in some way or another and it really takes a large group of volunteers to help those folks," said Gilliam. "
"We have a good group of people that came out and work with us and they came out before they started their shift today," said Steve Grantham, President, JR Restaurant Group. "We've got a good crew that came out and did this. They are pretty efficient and we have a good time when we are doing it."
All the food for the meals was donated by Outback.