LAUREL, Miss. (WHLT) – Laurel police hosted the annual “Fill-a-Truck” food drive on Friday, July 9. The food drive was held at the Walmart on Highway 15.
Organizers said the event was to benefit the Good Samaritan Center’s Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen. Non-perishable food items were collected, and employees of the center will be on hand for any cash donations.
The food donation drive was started by the late Chief Tyrone Stewart seven years ago, and now the Laurel Police Department is keeping the event going to honor his legacy.
Captain Shannon Caraway said the donation drive helps people struggling, especially those who suffered during the pandemic, and the drive is just another way to help.
“To help the Good Samaritan fill their needs, they were were falling short sometimes. Because of this, we help them meet that need of making sure everybody has a good hot plate everyday,” said Caraway.