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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority helps distribute 1,700 boxes of food to residents

A small army of volunteers helped move 1,700 boxes of frozen food from the back of an 18-wheeler to the back seats and truck beds of residents who lined up as early as 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

The long line of cars that snaked out of the Robert Lewis Middle School Parking into Martin Luther King Jr. Road and then turned down Pilgrim Boulevard forced organizers to start the distribution three hours earlier than their planned noon start.

Organized by the Natchez Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the food boxes provided by the United States Department of Agriculture included sliced frozen chicken, chicken nuggets, bacon and other frozen meat items.

Sorority President Terri McGruder said her group was contacted by USDA to help distribute the food. The USDA food box program is funded by the CARES Act that was passed by the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the USDA, more than 20 million boxes of food have been distributed across the nation with the help of organizations like the Natchez Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“With the need now and the pandemic, so many people are lacking in so many ways,” McGruder said. “We are just trying to make an impact on anybody, anywhere. This way food is not a problem for them, at least this little bit.”

Volunteers from other local organizations helped in the effort Saturday. The Natchez-Adams School District offered the use of the Robert Lewis Middle School campus for Saturday’s distribution.