Local food bank sees food shortage

Local food bank sees food shortage

Volunteers at the Petal Children's Task Force in Petal have been busy preparing food boxes for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Big event down here for us," Executive Director Demaris Lee said. "We've asked the churches to help supply with the can goods, flour, sugar, butter, vegetable oil, cake mixes, and things like that."

Lee said the Task Force will not be affected by this year's turkey shortage.

"Corner Market got us some reserved, right now we started out with 125 boxes and we went up to 140 boxes because that's how many people we had sign up," Lee said.

Lee said filling boxes with turkeys is only for a one day gathering, but there is a lack of canned items which are needed every day.

Ann Marie Brelind of Petal occasionally receives food boxes from the Petal Children's Task Force .

"There's a lot of people in this community in Petal that come here," Brelind said. "For regular food monthly and when I'm down I do the same thing and I then also volunteer."

The Petal Children's Task Force provides food for over 2,100 families each year.

"With God's help we provide every year and we don't want people to go hungry especially at this time of the year because it is a stress on people to make ends meet and we want to make sure they have a Happy Thanksgiving," Lee said.

In order to qualify for a food box, residents must provide two proofs of residency and a one form of identification.

Donated items can be dropped off at the Petal Children's Task Force office or placed in boxes outside Corner Market grocery stores.

Food Corporations have the ability to receive a tax credit for their donations.