SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – A local organization helped feed our hungry neighbors as a way to celebrate Juneteenth. ABLE, also known as African and Black Leadership for Excellence, is an organization within medical device company Zimmer Biomet in Southaven, Mississippi.
Zwanardo Landfair, the leader of ABLE and lead supervisor at Zimmer Biomet, partnered with Mid-South Food Bank to host a Kid-Friendly Mobile Pantry. These distributions include foods that children can make without adult supervision. “We want to connect with the community and recognize the freedom of African Americans didn’t happen until June 19, 1865,” said Zwanardo.
More than 150 years later, the African American population is still impacted by slavery. According to Feeding America, 1 in 5 Blacks face food insecurity while 1 in 9 Whites are impacted by hunger. Additionally, research also shows the economic recovery from COVID-19 is likely to be slower for communities of color overall - for Black communities in particular.
Mid-South Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program aims at fighting these statistics by bringing healthy food directly into under-served neighborhoods. Nutritious food such as fresh produce and frozen meats were given to hundreds of families during ABLE’s event.
If your organization would like to host a Mobile Pantry distribution, visit http://midsouthfoodbank.org.