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Residents asked to donate green beans for March of the Mayors

It’s that time of year again, and, like years past, the City of Long Beach’s Mayor’s Office is joining the annual March of the Mayors, and citizens, businesses and friends of the Friendly City are being asked to join in the mission to pack local food pantries to help provide food to those in the area who need it most.

“This is the second year in a row we will have participated in the March of the Mayors,” says Jenny Levens, community affairs director for the City of Long Beach. “Last year with COVID, we didn’t have a Mardi Gras parade, so instead we paraded for our local food pantries. So, this year again, Long Beach is collecting green beans. I know it sounds crazy to just do green beans, but we promise a huge success. Gulfport collects something. Biloxi collects something. Pass Christian collects corn, so we all get together and everybody stocks our local pantries with needed supplies.”

Levens says she hopes history repeats itself.

“Last year was very successful,” said Levens. “We have to give a shout out to the students at Harper-McCaughan for the 3,000 cans of green beans they collected last year.”

Residents can drop off donated cans of green beans for the March of the Mayors drive until March 30 at Long Beach City Hall, the Long Beach Public Library, the Long Beach Police Department and/or the Long Beach Fire Department.

The drive is sponsored by the non-profit Extra Table, the City of Long Beach, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi and Hancock Whitney Bank, among others, and is a Coast-wide event.

Each city will have volunteers gather at the Lyman Community Center in Gulfport on April 1 at 9:30 a.m. to organize and prepare to distribute the collected goods to non-profit food pantries throughout South Mississippi, including the Long Beach Food Pantry, Loaves and Fishes, Lord Is My Help, Our Daily Bread, Catholic Charities, the Hancock County Food Pantry, Christian Concern, Ministry Food Pantry/Our Mother of Mercy Church FUMC in Gautier, King’s Kitchen, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Back Bay Mission, St. John the Evangelist Church and several other feeding partners. Volunteers are being sought to help with the packing of collected goods in Gulfport on April 1.

For more information, call 601-264-0672, or visit the City of Long Beach-Mayor’s Office Facebook page or www.EXTRATABLE.org.

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