Walden Chapel feeds hungry in Holmes County

4/16/2008

Special to the Advocate

Some 100 families per month in Holmes County are getting food thanks to Walden Chapel United Methodist Church.

In January, the church became part of the Mississippi Food Network Commodity Supplemental Food Program. 

Walden Chapel pastor the Rev. Martha Williams and the Administrative Board members, under the leadership of chair Deneace Glover, sought to join the program. 

Annie Williams is the contact person with other volunteers assisting her. Goodman Mayor Debra Mabry, a long-time CSFP volunteer, referred Walden Chapel to the Mississippi Food Network.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) serves qualifying elderly persons over 60 with minimum income per household and qualifying 5-year olds coming off the Women's Infant Child (WIC) Program through the local Health Department with minimum income per household.    

This program not only involves the distribution of 100 food boxes, but also the receipt of new and annual review of all applications, monthly reporting and routine bookkeeping by Williams and designated persons.  

Volunteers from several Goodman-area churches have assisted with the distribution process making sure there is orderly registration, accounting for all boxes and carrying boxes to vehicles for the elderly.

For information about the Mississippi Food Network, visit www.msfoodnet.org.