LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - This is a Guest Viewpoint from Shepherds' Tent Food Pantry
I'm Haile Gaddy with Shepherds' Tent Food Pantry.
Mississippi youth suffer worse odds than those anywhere else in the nation, ranking dead last in well-being of children and families; especially, in the area of child poverty, with more than one-third of all youth living below the federal poverty line.
Over a quarter of Jones County residents are living below the poverty level and nearly 20% have food insecurity.
Shepherds' Tent Food Pantry aims to relieve poverty-related hunger in Jones County by providing short-term food assistance to low-income families with children in need.
April 13th through the 23rd Shepherds' Tent is having a countywide food drive to feed needy families in the Jones County area.
We're fighting hunger countywide! Join us in the fight! You can drop-off dry and canned food donations at the following locations in Laurel: the Cameron Center - 711 N. 10th Ave. and the L. T. Ellis Center – 610 Munson St.
The food drive will culminate with: Children Health Day in the Park on April 25th at 10:00 a.m. in Mason Park on 7th Avenue in Laurel.
Mayor Johnny Magee, and our state auditor, Stacy Pickering, will be speaking to the young children and teens; and, Dr. Patricia Tibbs will be speaking on childhood obesity prevention. Family Health Center will be offering free wellness screenings. There'll be lots of outdoor activities including a 1 mile walk/run/bike. Come be a part of this historical event!