Outreach ministry provides Thanksgiving meals for those in need

Outreach ministry provides Thanksgiving meals for those in need

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Many families are beginning to get favorite foods for next week’s big Thanksgiving feast. Others may not be as fortunate.

One Jackson ministry is trying to make sure families don’t go without this holiday and throughout the year.

“It’s well needed at this time,” said Demetria Johnson.

Wednesday the wife and mother of two was picking up Thanksgiving dinner and more from the Planting Seeds Outreach Ministry in Jackson.

The Jackson resident has relied on the non-profit since experiencing a disaster and hospitalization.

“I think this is a blessing for so many people that went through the recent flood in 2020 ,including myself, and I thank God for Pastor Betty and her church.”

Dr. Betty Johnson is pastor of Planting Seeds Church of Deliverance. The outreach ministry provides free food for about 200 families a month but has seen a greater demand since the outbreak.

Jessie Wright has run the food pantry for three years.

“It’s heartbreaking when you see people that come here sometimes,” said Wright. “We have emergency boxes and they’ll come, and they’ll say ‘I really need some food.’ So it’s heartbreaking, and your heart goes out to people.”

The Mississippi Food Network, the USDA and donations provide the meals. Those in need can apply for assistance.

“It would be hard for some people to make it throughout the holidays,” said Mona Johnson. The 49-year-old Jackson resident is grateful for the organization is here.

“There are so many people that are in need right now due to the Covid. People have lost their jobs,” said Johnson. “A lot of people don’t know about programs that’s like this that is giving away to help the people in the community.”

Applicants pick up free food on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you need assistance or would like to donate, you can call Planting Seed Outreach Ministries at 601-366-7484 or go to http://www.plantingseedschurch.com/.

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