Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
On Nov. 5, six members from the local Marine Corps League Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry Wentworth Detachment No. 1101, presented six turkeys and nine large cans of vegetables to Mrs. Peggy Coleman ,who is the founder and president of the board for the Feed By Faith Organization.
“We wanted to do something to support Feed By Faith during the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Marilyn Cole, president of the Marine Corps League Ladies Auxiliary. “We wanted to give back to the community as one of our service projects, and we felt the non-profit organization was a worthy cause.
Feed By Faith is currently providing approximately 150 meals per day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In October alone, they provided 2,125 hot and nutritious meals to the hungry and needy in their Meridian community. During fiscal year 2012, a total of 25,652 meals were served.
“If it wasn’t for the community and the United Way, it would be impossible for us to do this,” said Peggy Coleman.
Feed By Faith is currently located in the basement of the former 5th Street Methodist Church building located on the corner of 5th Street and 40th Avenue, an impoverished residential area.
This summer, a private donor purchased a vacant 1.2 acre parcel of land just three blocks east of the organization’s present location. Phase II of the dream to develop a new, permanent location is to raise funds in order to build the future facility. Feed By Faith has established the “Feeding the Hungry Club,” in which tax-deductible donations can be made by individuals, churches, other charitable foundations/organizations, and corporate sponsors.
For more information on Feed By Faith, or to learn about being a volunteer, go to www.feedbyfaith.org or call 601-483-8999. Information on how to donate money or 12 ounce cups and 3-component trays can be found on the website as well.
Also, any adult family member of a past or present Marine would like to join the Marine Corps League Ladies Auxiliary, please call Marilyn Cole at 601-482-5463 or Kay Nelson at 601-483-3334.