Hunger-fighting group adds 2 members to staff


Special to the Advocate 

Two newcomers have joined the effort to end hunger in Mississippi.


The Rev. Bill Youngblood and Larry Woodward have joined the Mississippi office of the Society of St. Andrew. Woodward of Louisville will serve as program director for the northern end of the state, while Youngblood of Hattiesburg will have the same duties in the south.


"Bill and Larry will be working to capitalize on our efforts and continue to build a network of volunteers to help with gleaning and to get more farmers, packing houses and food processors involved in salvaging nutritious produce that would otherwise be wasted and to get that food to our hungry neighbors that so badly need it," said Bob Fritchey, director of the Mississippi office.


Woodward owns a small cattle farm and is an active member of Louisville First UMC. He serves as lay leader of the Starkville District and is a certified lay speaker. He is active in the North Mississippi Koinonia and Emmaus communities. He was selected as Winston County's Man of the Year in 1999. He is president of the local Cattlemen's Association and a member of the Farm Bureau board of directors.


Youngblood has been gleaning with SoSA during the past year and brings years of community involvement while serving as a pastor as well as a strong business background. A Newton native, Youngblood graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and the University of Mississippi School of Law.


He has served pastorates in the Florida and Louisiana conferences. He has also served as a vice president and trust officer at banks in Mississippi and Louisiana.


Contact Youngblood at 601-268-6378, 601-447-2058 or 662-263-8648. Contact Woodward at 662-773-7473, 662-803-0579 or 662-263-8648.