Storehouse Community Food Pantry and the River City Rescue Mission receive donations

Published 11:10 am Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Two local non-profit organizations will benefit from a donation made by Molina Healthcare of Mississippi.

The Storehouse Community Food Pantry and the River City Rescue Mission are two of the 12 nonprofits named as recipients of the gift made by the group in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. In all, the 12 organizations are splitting $26,000.

Earnie Hall, program director for River City, said the money could not have come at a better time.

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“Their generosity is nice because we need all the help we can get right now,” Hall said. “And for them (Molina Healthcare of Mississippi) to go out of their way in times like these serving someone else, it’s definitely a God thing.”

Hall said River City feeds more than 100 people three times a day and provides, most days of the week, anywhere from 50 to 55 food boxes that are delivered to shut-ins.

Bill Mounger, who is the president of the Community Storehouse Food Pantry, said he was surprised when he got the call from the health care group and excited when he found out the amount of the donation.

“We feel very fortunate that they reached out to us and $2,000 will help us out a whole lot,” Mounger said. “We were very glad to get that. We have had some tough times and this will be a great help for us going forward.”

Plans are to use the funds to keep the shelves at the food pantry stocked, Mounger said, “So we can have enough food on hand to distribute.”

Hall was not sure how much River City would be receiving, but was appreciative of the contribution, regardless of how much it ended up being.

“If they gave us $25 we would be grateful,” he said.

Mounger nor Hall was aware of how they were chosen for the monetary donation.

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has put a strain on everyone, but thanks to so many generous donors, Hall said, they can continue with their outreach programs.

“We are just blown away by the number of people who contribute in hard times. It’s the Lord’s work. He said He would provide and He does,” Hall said. “He shows up and when we think it’s over He shows out.”

Since 2018, Molina Healthcare of Mississippi has been providing government-funded, quality health care to low-income individuals. The Company serves members through Medicaid (Mississippi Coordinated Access Network/MississippiCAN and Children’s Health Insurance Plan/CHIP) and Marketplace.

Others who were named as recipients include:

  • Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes (Aberdeen)
  • Brookhaven Outreach Ministries (Brookhaven)
  • Feeding by Faith (Meridian)
  • Heartland Hands (Southhaven)
  • Manna House (Yazoo City)
  • Mission Okolona Food Pantry
  • My Brothers’ Keeper (Poplarville)
  • Our Daily Bread (Canton)
  • Saint Gabriel Mercy Center (Mound Bayou)











About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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