More than 400 people were fed hot meals and sent home with gifts of food during last Saturday’s fifth annual Feed the Community event.
Organized by the City of Wiggins and the Wiggins Police Department, the event received help from several churches and businesses in the community.
In addition to the food, gift cards and winter clothing items were distributed.
“It was an outstanding event,” said Sgt. Tim Hill with the WPD. “In addition to the hot food, the Wiggins Church of God in Christ sponsored a mobile food pantry.”
Hill wanted to thank the volunteers and sponsors who make the event possible.
“Northwood Church, New Welcome Hill Baptist Church, Infinity Church and Vardaman Street Baptist Church all had volunteers there and have partnered with us almost since the beginning,” he said. “Quality Seafood and Poultry, Butcher Block, Piggly Wiggly, Walmart, Magnolia One Stop, Twenty One Liquor and The Liquor Barrel all contribute to making this a success.”
Hill specifically wanted to thank Miss Julie’s Market for preparing the hot food, Mayor Joel Miles for his support, Stephanie Howard of the Ferris O’Neal Senior Center and Emma Lawton, a volunteer who has participated in all five events.
“We really couldn’t do this if the entire community didn’t come together to support it,” he said.