Clarksdale and Care Station volunteers will again distribute food to those in need on Tuesday with their monthly mobile pantry at the Expo Center.

The health station has been feeding Clarksdale’s hungry for more than 32 years and opened the mobile pantry when the pandemic hit and closed its downtown service center.

The queue opens at 10 a.m. and those who want a box are asked to queue and follow instructions, stay in their car and wear a mask.

Most of the food handed out on Tuesday comes from the Mid-South Food Bank, which has been supplying discounted items to the health station for years.

The health station monitors who receives food and how desperately members of the community need food. Those receiving assistance are required to register with the program to ensure that qualified individuals and households in Coahoma County and Clarksdale are served first. Photo ID is required.

The mobile pantry is open and free to all residents who qualify for:

• SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits or food stamps.

• Help with home energy from CPU, Coahoma Opportunity or any energy provider.

• SSI (Supplementary Security Income).

• Social housing.

• TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families)

• Medicare/Medicaid.

Those who wish to be served can also complete and sign a tax declaration indicating the total household income below the poverty line to receive food.

Food distribution is always on a first-come, first-served basis while the food lasts. Tuesday’s mobile pantry will end shortly after lunch.

Before the pandemic, the care station delivered more than 185 meals across seven delivery routes and fed 50 to 60 people at the John Lee Hooker Drive site next to the Delta Blues Museum.

The care station hosts many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and relies heavily on local donations to provide its services.

Those wishing to volunteer or donate to Care Station can call 662-902-7335, email [email protected], or simply drop a check by mail addressed to PO Box 1041, Clarksdale, MS 38614. All donations are tax deductible.

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