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Food pantry in Mississippi Delta receives refrigerated truck

November 7, 2021 GMT

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A health care company, a grocery store chain and a food company teamed up to donate a refrigerated truck to a nonprofit group that fights hunger in the impoverished Mississippi Delta.

Hearty Helpings Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen received the truck Tuesday. It was donated by the MolinaCares Accord in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of Mississippi, the Delta Division of Kroger grocery stores and Mars Food, the Delta Democrat-Times reported.

The companies said in a joint news release that they will donate about 70,000 meals this year to food banks, including Hearty Helpings.

Pandora Redmond, executive director of Hearty Helpings, said the organization previously had to rent trucks to transport large amounts of food. She said Hearty Helpings has seen an increase in requests since the pandemic started, and the group is now serving at least 200 families a day.

“We’ve been getting people not only from Greenville, but all over Washington County and some other parts of the Delta,” she said.