Flat Rock Food Pantry helps a lot of people Barbara and Randy Lollar know in Benton County, Mississippi. "The food really helps us and other people on fixed incomes," Randy said.
The couple – he's 70 and she's 69 – are retired. They moved to Flat Rock three years ago and learned about the Matthew 25/Flat Rock Food Pantry Ministry, which really helped when their daughter and her four children moved in for several months.
"The Pantry helped tremendously because she was not working for a while so Barb and I were taking care of everybody by ourselves," Randy said. The grandchildren will be coming to live with them again soon. They know it will be a strain but manageable thanks to the Pantry's help.
Sometimes the couple gets the Mid-South Food Bank's Senior Grocery Box, which contains food that is appropriate for senior diets. They also like the frozen chicken, among other items. "I like chicken because I can cook it in so many different recipes," she said.
The Lollars appreciate the food and hospitality of the volunteers, so they became volunteers themselves. While Barb helps fill bags with food, Randy helps move and arrange bulk items.
"At our age we're not always able to volunteer at some things, but we can help here," Barb said.
The pantry is a blessing to them and many others. "It feels good to help people and see their faces when they get their food. This is like family; it's a part of our lives."