NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA) - Atmos Energy donated thousands of dollars to one local food pantry.
$5,000 — the donation amount the company made to the Faith Food Pantry in Nettleton.
"We work on donations entirely and it takes about $80,000 a year to keep this place running," Jim Long, food pantry co-owner, said.
The pantry feeds more than 800 families a month.
"We take food from the USDA, and they require them to be at or below the poverty level."
"We'll just help them continue to distribute food throughout Nettleton and the surrounding areas," said Mathew Davidson, Atmos Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs.
Public Service Commissioner and Nettleton native Brandon Presley praised the work of the pantry’s volunteers.
"The folks at the Faith Food Pantry are very studious with every cent that comes in and a contribution, and so this will go to good use to help the community and help those in need," Presley said.
Depending on family size, the pantry is able to provide at least 14 days' worth of groceries to each family, Long said.
He said pick-up days are every third Saturday of the month.