With food insecurity being a problem in Mississippi, Wesley house food pantry helps to combat it.
“The food insecurity that we have in Meridian is throughout and its somewhat of socio economical issue, folks are in need and we’re there trying to help that need” said Reverend David Schultz, Executive Director of Wesley House.
Although food insecurity is not the only need Wesley house helps with, it is one of their most sought out assistance programs, throughout the city and surrounding counties.
“In our case, being a mission and following that edict of Mathew twenty-five, to feed the hungry, that’s one of the things we try to do” said Rev. Schultz
“We offer that nonperishable food bag that can go home to feed a family, ideally feed a family and we have canned products, but we also make sure that we have a well-rounded meal in there.” said Rev. Schultz
There are volunteers that devote their time to assist with the fight against food insecurity in the community. According to mississippitoday.org and moveforhunger.org, Mississippi has been ranked the hungriest state for eight consecutive years.
“We’ve seen a sizable increase in the number of people that come in for food in the food insecurity in our community.”“Seven hundred bags this month, we’ve effectively doubled, in this past year the number of families we’re distributing the food bags to.” said Rev. Schultz