TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Some residents in Lee County have stocked pantries Thursday afternoon
They got free groceries Thursday morning from the St. Luke food pantry.
“We certainly won’t turn anybody away today,” Jason Martin said.
He’s the pantry’s executive director.
Until noon Thursday, volunteers wearing gloves and face masks packed the cars of many in the community in need of food.
“We know that the circumstances that we’re dealing with right now are really having a deep impact on our community and we want to be able to serve them.”
Giving away food is a normal routine for the St. Luke food pantry every Thursday, but only for regular customers. On Thursday, everyone in need was invited.
“So, we have a regular group of clientele that come every month, but we’re certainly receiving new clients today,” Martin said.
Unfortunately, if the spread risk of the coronavirus continues to rise, Thursday could have been the last distribution day.
“We're not, we don't know what's coming in the days to come, and we could be faced with a situation where we're forced to shelter and shelter in place,” Martin said. “And if we come to that, and we're not allowed to be out here, then you know, we'll have to make the difficult decision to close, but as of right now, we're going to plan to be open as long as we can.”