By Heather Tucker – Heartland Hands
On Thursday night, August 25th, 2016, students from Southaven High School arrived in the parking lot of HeartLand Hands Food Pantry in Southaven, MS. When our pantry called Athletic Director Coach Wes Pounds one week prior asking for some volunteers for a special event, we had hoped for at least 10-15 students. What we got was so much more!
Upon opening our doors Thursday evening, we saw a large group of Southaven Chargers just waiting to help us! In total, 45 students came to unload and process two semi-trailers full of fresh foods from a Memphis Food Show. The Swim Team, Cheerleading Team, and Environmental Club showed up to assist a handful of our regular volunteers with this overwhelming task.
For two and a half hours, Chargers bagged fresh produce, sorted cakes, canned goods, and perishable items. These foods will feed the 600 families of HeartLand Hands as well as additional pantries throughout the Mid-South. These Chargers were working hard and diligent to get the task done.
Without the help and support of Southaven High School and the students who helped us last week, we would not have been able to process the food as quickly and efficiently as we did! We were so blessed to see how many students were willing to take the time out of their evening to help support their community.
Thank you, Chargers!