Pine Belt food banks asking for donations for holidays

Pine Belt food banks asking for donations for holidays
Donations needed for Thanksgiving. Photo credit WDAM.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thanksgiving is next week, and local volunteer organizations are asking for assistance in feeding members of the community.

The Edward Street Fellowship Center in Hattiesburg feeds people all year long, and the need for more food grows every day.

"Hunger doesn't really have a season," Executive Director Ann McCullen said. "Even though we do need more food for the holidays, it's a year-round need in Hattiesburg."

McCullen understands that the center will see an increase in people as the holiday season ramps up. The center gave out nearly 900 bags of food last week.

"We are starting to pick up a lot," McCullen said. "People are aware that the holidays are coming. They're going to have other expenses. We expect this week to be just as busy."

Over in Laurel, the Good Samaritan Soup Kitchen feeds hundreds of people throughout the week. They're hosting a Thanksgiving meal next Tuesday, and they say they're low on food.

"Our pantry is really down," manager Terrence Crosby said. "We really need it. We feed about 800 people for Thanksgiving. We're expecting that turnout next week. So, we really need help here."

Both places need canned foods and other items.

The Edwards Street Fellowship Center is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and its located on 1919 Edwards Street. For those who want to donate, the center has a list of items on their website at

The Good Samaritan Soup Kitchen in Laurel is open on Weekdays and is located at 540 Ellisville Boulevard.