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Hancock County Food Pantry, Inc.
Last updated on May 28, 2013


The Hancock County Food Pantry provides non-perishable foods and personal hygiene products to families who live in Hancock County, Mississippi, and find themselves unable to make ends meet.

The Hancock County Food Pantry is a state chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1986 by area churches. The Pantry’s mission is to purchase food and personal hygiene products for people living in Hancock County, Mississippi, who have an immediate “crisis or emergency” need for the assistance we can provide. A typical client is someone living on a fixed income,is out of work,or who may be living at or below the poverty level and unable to provide food for themselves or their family.

The Hancock County Food Pantry is the only full-time food pantry in Hancock County and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon except holidays.

The cost of food that the Food Pantry provides to our clients has increased significantly
so we are actively searching for sources of support. If you are interested in donating nonperishable food items or volunteering to help at the Pantry, please call 228-467-2790. Please send financial contributions to P.O. Box 4313, Bay St. Louis, MS 39521.

Hancock county food pantry has been in existence for more than 25 years. Donations come from the Community,Combined Federal Campaign,Foundations, Businesses, and from organizations like the United Way. The Pantry served more than 12,000 people in 5,950 families in 2010.

Our board of directors and staff is comprised completely of volunteers so we are able to use more than 90% of donations received to purchase non-perishable foods and personal hygiene products to distribute to those in need. The remainder of donations are used for operating expenses.

Hancock county food Pantry was established in the early 1980's by a group of caring citizens and local churches. We have operated continuously since then except for 4 months immediately following hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed the county-owned building that served as the Food Pantry’s operations center on August 29, 2005. The Pantry resumed operation on February 1, 2006, in a temporary facility owned by the Hope Haven Center for Abused Children at 716 Herlihy Street in Waveland, Mississippi.

In February 2007, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors designated a piece of county-owned property on Highway 603 for the construction of a new building for the Pantry. The Bucks-Mont Katrina Relief Project, based in Pennsylvania, raised more than $300,000 and constructed a new building for the Pantry on this site. The Food Pantry began operations in this new facility on February 2, 2009.

Contact people:
 Ed Catone, Secretary, (phone), (email)
John Wittliff, Treasurer, (phone)

Main office number: (228) 467-2790
Office fax number: (228) 467-4843

 9972 Hwy 603
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
(See a map)

Web Site: http://hancockcountyfoodpantry.org


 From Interstate 10 take exit 13 to Bay St. Louis Waveland. Turn south onto Highway 603. The pantry is about 5 miles down and on the left and immediately north of the Child Development Center.
Last updated on May 28, 2013

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