Holiday Food Drive in DeSoto County
The Family Resource Center/Families First for Mississippi of DeSoto County hosted multiple food drives during the month of November to benefit local families in need. The DeSoto campuses teamed up with a local Kroger grocery store to set up a table and hand out detailed flyers about the food drive. Staff were accepting both food and monetary donations.
In total, 45 families were given large boxes of non-perishable items and the option to pick up a turkey the week of Thanksgiving.
Through platforms such as social media, Chamber of Commerce websites, email and telephone calls, the DeSoto staff members reached a wide variety of donors for the drive. These donors include DeSoto Central Middle School’s Volleyball team, State Farm, Horn Lake Middle School Student Council, First Commercial Bank, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), DeSoto County Health Departments and various community members.
“Feedback from grateful families was overwhelming and heartwarming,” said Regional Coordinator Christi McCafferty. “Not only did this allow us to provide Thanksgiving meals for these families, it also allowed us to assess the families for other needs, hooking them in to other Families First Resource Center and community-based services. It was a great success.”