Food for Families nets 75,636 pounds of food

Volunteers collected more than 15,000 pounds of food Friday during the Pack a Pickup food drive at the Tupelo Farmers Market. The Pack a Pickup event marked the final day of the Food for Families food drive, which netted more than 75,000 pounds of food this year. (Courtesy photo)

Volunteers collected more than 15,000 pounds of food Friday during the Pack a Pickup food drive at the Tupelo Farmers Market. The Pack a Pickup event marked the final day of the Food for Families food drive, which netted more than 75,000 pounds of food this year. (Courtesy photo)

By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Families all across the region will have better access to food this holiday season thanks to the generosity of Northeast Mississippians.

In its fourth year, Food for Families collected a record-breaking 75,636 pounds of food during the two-month food drive.

The 2012 Food for Families drive set the previous record for food collected with 42,000 pounds.

The food was dispersed to pantries as it was collected and stayed inside the county in which it was donated.

“We couldn’t have done it without our big sponsors like Food Giant, Mississippi State Extension Services, The Auto Museum, BancorpSouth Arena, Urban Radio, Mississippi Radio Group and the Boy Scouts,” said Lauren McLaughlin, assistant promotions director for WTVA.

The food drive began with a kickoff event at the Auto Museum Oct. 24 and came to a close Friday with a Pack the Pickup event at the Tupelo Farmers Market.

The final event netted more than 15,000 pounds of food in pickup trucks supplied by Dosset Big 4.

The Food for Families drive collected food in 17 counties (Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah, Union, Webster and Yalobusha) to help restock Mid-South Food Bank food pantries in the region.

jb.clark@journalinc.com