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Food bank draws big crowd
by L.A. Story
Jul 08, 2017 | 3931 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Traffic was backed up into the turn lane on U.S. Highway 72 East Friday morning as people waited for their opportunity to turn into the Church of the Crossroads for monthly food distribution.

The Mid-South Food Bank’s monthly distribution is the first Friday of every month and this month saw a large number of participants who arrived for boxes of food.

The Corinth Police Department came to help direct traffic and make sure the line moved in an orderly manner as it turned into the church, and snaked around the parking lot, as volunteers worked in the hot sun to provide assistance.

Mid-South Food Bank is a Memphis-based food bank set up at the church to provide food to eligible, pre-screened families.

The church has been distributing for the past six months. The Mid-South Food Bank has partnered up with Caterpillar and volunteer Donnie Waldrop said they found out this week that the food bank distribution will be able to continue for another 12 months.

Friday, Waldrop said they were prepared to hand out 430 boxes of food.

In June, the Food Bank provided 352 boxes to serve 901 people.

Altogether, from February to June, the Food Bank has distributed 1,860 boxes of food to serve 4,873 people in the Crossroads area.

In a previous interview, Mid-South Food Bank Marketing Manager Andrew Bell said, “The program is very effective in getting an additional weeks’ worth of food to people who receive benefits such as SNAP. Those food benefits run out in about 2 1/2 weeks so this food bank helps provide them with more food so they can use that extra money to pay the higher utility bills in the winter, for example.”

Mid-South Food Bank distributes more than 13 million pounds of food to over 200 Partner Agencies annually.

Board member and volunteer Danny Beavers said they were all very blessed with the help of Mid-South Food Bank and Caterpillar to be able to provide the service to help feed people.

For those who would like to sign up for the Food Bank, they can come to the Church of the Crossroads on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. to fill out a form.

Food pickup is done by appointments and is held the first Friday of every month, except for September, due to the Labor Day holiday, food pickup is the second Friday of that month.

Along with praise for Mid-South Food Bank and Caterpillar, volunteer David Bender said they couldn’t do what they do without the many volunteers who donate time and effort to make it all happen. He said there are people who pick up the food that will be given away, that stock shelves, unload food, pack boxes and a number of jobs that make the whole system run smoothly.

Volunteers will not have to worry about running out of things to do as the food bank will continue doing what it was meant to do — feed hungry people.
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