Project Homestead Food Pantry thankful for another year to serve.

Staff Writer

Despite a few shortages during the past year, the Project Homestead Food Pantry continues to help those in West Point and Clay County who face food insecurity. Project Homestead Food Pantry services more than 800 individuals in the West Point and Clay County area.

"We got through Thanksgiving and we tried to give each family a turkey for their table. We've never been able to accomplish that mission" Jane Scott, director of the PHFP, said. "After that we asked the community to help us once again with turkeys for Christmas. We are truly blessed in this community. Because once again, we have had an outpouring of help."
Schools, like Fifth Street School, make a competition out of collecting canned goods for the PHFP, and there will be a prize for the most generous classes. Sunday School classes take donations for the food pantry, the Scouts, United Way of Clay County and local businesses.

"The Bryan Public Library is forgiving fines for a canned food donation," Scott said. "I would never want to live anywhere else. Everyone understands what we are trying to do and wants to help us to feed people."
The PHFP serves 432 families and that equates to 875 individuals in West Point and Clay County.
"That is a lot of food to be distributed each week," Scott said. "We cannot do this with out WalMart through its Feed America Program. Food is donated through the USDA Mississippi Food Network. And food comes from everyone who donates to us."

The food pantry had a rough time of it last April, the shelves were empty, but thanks to the community, they weren't bare for very long.
But thankfully, during the Christmas season, being generous and thinking of others seems to come naturally.
"On behalf of our clients, thank you West Point and Clay County," Scott said. "We could not do this without our volunteers, those who support us with monetary donations, those who donate food, Walmart and the USDA Mississippi Food Network. There are less hungry people among us, thanks to you."