New food pantry in Taylor seeks to serve the Greater LOU area

Published 11:48 am Friday, December 2, 2016

United Way

The Abundant Truth Salt & Light Ministries may be a mouthful, but that’s exactly what the church wants.

On Saturday, the Taylor church will kick off its initiative to become the third food pantry to serve the L.O.U. area.

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According to, nearly 21 percent of Mississippi families suffer from food insecurity.

“Families in need can only find two hot meals a week in Lafayette County,” said church member and pantry leader, Arlanda Washington, “and they can find free groceries less often than that.”

Washington hopes ATSL Food Pantry will provide a necessary service for those who have exhausted other resources.

For many months, Washington worked alongside her pastor-husband, the Rev. Shelby Washington Sr., to prepare free plate lunches for anyone in need of a hot meal.

“Too few came,” said Washington, “so we asked ourselves how we could reach more people.”

That’s when the Washingtons decided to start the Abundant Truth Salt & Light Food Pantry. The Washingtons decided a pantry could provide more meals for longer.

Over time, the Washingtons pulled together enough space and shelving.  They bought a deep freezer.

“We have the capacity,” said Mrs. Washington.  “Now we need awareness.”

First, the Washingtons spoke with local churches.  They handed out flyers at bible studies and talked up the pantry to friends.

“But we wanted to extend the call to the greater community,” she said.

Now, they ask all community members to donate their canned goods to ATSL Pantry on Saturday, Dec. 3.

“It is the season of giving,” said Washington.  “What better way is there to feed the spirit than feed a family in need?”

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. on Saturday at ATSL Food Pantry, at 485 CR 303 in Taylor.  If you are unable to leave your home but would like your donations picked up, call Arlanda at 662-380-3587.