Mississippi Power’s East Mississippi chapter of Community Connection partnered with a local organization to donate food to residents in Selma, Ala., after the Jan. 12 storm spawned tornadoes causing widespread destruction to the area, resulting in the death of seven people.
The Community Connection chapter served at LOVE’s Kitchen in Meridian, a local nonprofit soup kitchen, for their MLK Day of Service. While organizing LOVE’s Kitchen’s warehouse of donations, the chapter learned the organization prefers to cook with donations that are not “ready-to-eat” meals.
District General Manager Chris Phillips is a native of Selma and reached out to Alabama Power to determine if there could be a need for the “ready-to-eat” donations at LOVE’s Kitchen.
“We quickly learned there was a very big need,” said Phillips. “We pitched the idea to Fannie Johnson, Executive Director, at LOVE’s Kitchen who was eager to donate the food to those affected by the tornadoes.”
Four Community Connection chapter members recently delivered two full pallets of canned goods to a local organization in Alabama handling the relief effort.
“There is a lot of devastation in the area, and there are still several without power and without homes,” said East Mississippi Community Connection President Jason Strawbridge. “Our chapter is thankful we were able to help this community.”
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