By Gwen Sisson
Volunteers at the Webster County Baptist Association’s Food Pantry assisted in the Winston County tornado relief effort by delivering 1,500 pounds of food and supplies donated by local churches.
K.A. Perego, Food Pantry volunteer director, said following the April 28 tornado that hit Winston County and areas throughout the state, local churches immediately began collecting supplies. Knowing first-hand the importance of providing food to people in need, food pantry volunteers offered to serve as a distribution point for food and supplies collected. The supplies were taken to Mars Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Winston County while disaster relief crews from the Webster Baptist Association were already in the Louisville area providing aid to storm victims.
Churches collecting supplies included Lollars Grove Baptist, Calvary Baptist and Fellowship Baptist. Individuals assisting in the distribution included Perego, Associational Missions Director Martin Jacks, Bonita Perego, Ryan Gregg and Russell Meese.
Jacks said delivering food and supplies, as well as the disaster relief team efforts in Louisville, is a way for local churches to work together to fulfill the missional call of James 2:15-17: “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them ‘God in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?”
“We are called upon by our Savior to minister wherever, whenever and to whatever degree,” Jacks said. “We are called to do what we can. That is our ministry.”
The Webster County Baptist Association Food Pantry is a separate working ministry of the Webster County Baptist Association. The Food Pantry is open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. It works with the Mississippi Food Network to provide food for anyone in Webster County that meets the income requirements.
Jacks said the Webster County Food Pantry provides food for 250-300 individuals per month and 150-200 families per month.
To qualify, recipients are required to fill out an application and provide proof of income and proof of residence. Recipients must live in Webster County to be eligible for food.
For more information about the Webster County Baptist Association Food Pantry, call the pantry on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at 258-4251.