Tupelo food pantry giveaway restarts after a month of no distribution

The grocery giveaway started early because of the number of people waiting in line.

Posted: Sep 10, 2020 8:25 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The grocery giveaway started early because of the number of people waiting in line.

Some people finding their spot in line hours before the scheduled start who told me they couldn’t wait for this weekly food giveaway to restart.

"I've been here about 10:30 am," said James Kimbell.

"We've been here since when, about 11 o'clock," said Peggie Jumper.

Jumper and hundreds more waited with their windows down and doors open in 90-degree weather for hours.

She said with the giveaway not starting until 4 pm, she and her neighbors came prepared.

"We brought food, we brought drinks, everything," said Jumper.

She said she did not mind waiting in line to ensure she had a good spot to receive fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.

Her friend, Peggy Henry, said after distribution stopped for a month during the pandemic, getting food has been hard.

"It's been rough, having to stay in and can't get out to get the stuff that we need and the shortage of food," said Henry.

And another person who waited in line for hours, James Kimbell, said giveaways like this are not just important to him but also the community.

The giveaway ended at 6 p.m. where the mid-south food bank and family resource center gave away food to at least 1200 people.

Both organizations plan to hand out the food here every Wednesday at this same time until the end of the year.

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