Let’s put an end to hunger in Ocean Springs!

FEED THE NEED 2022 PRESS RELEASE

Volunteers in Ocean Springs are thrilled to announce the 8th annual Feed the Need concert and fish fry benefiting The Lord Is My Help Soup Kitchen! 

Ocean Springs, MS - After two years of canceled events due to COVID-19, a committed team of volunteers are making preparations for the 8th Annual FEED THE NEED benefit concert and fish fry, an annual fundraiser in downtown Ocean Springs. This year’s event will take place on April 24, 2022 from 11:00  a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Government Street Grocery. All proceeds will benefit The Lord Is My Help Food Kitchen, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization which feeds over 5,200 meals each month to the most disadvantaged residents in our community.

There are several performers on this year’s lineup including the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Cary Hudson as well as the high-octane rock band Royal Horses. Also on the bill are local favorites Della Memoria, Hello Good Buddie, and Grits & Greens.

 Feed the Need is a grassroots organization developed by a group of friends in 2013 after concerns for the local soup kitchen arose. “We are really looking forward to hosting the 2022 Feed the Need Benefit Concert & Fish Fry. The original 7th Annual event was scheduled in April 2020, but we canceled a few weeks prior when COVID-19 inundated the world, and we were required to shelter-in-place. In 2021, we did not feel comfortable proceeding with the event, but this year, with vaccination numbers increasing and cases of the virus decreasing, we are moving forward,” said Feed the Need committee member and Lord Is My Help board member Sarah Reese. “The Feed the Need Committee’s mission is to provide financial support through community events benefitting the Lord Is My Help. We ultimately came up with the music festival and fish fry, which is so fun! We are 100% volunteer-based and we’ve built a fundraiser that brings the community together to help the community...and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Feed the Need committee member and Lord Is My Help board member Kait Sukiennik. “After a two year hiatus we are looking forward to an outdoor family event to raise money for our local community kitchen,” said Sarah Reese.  

This year’s event will be filled with family-friendly activities including a fish fry, live music, a kids play area, silent auction items, and raffle baskets. Tickets to the event will go on sale soon - only $20 in advance - and can be purchased from both committee members and local businesses such as The Government Street Grocery, Eat Drink Love Catering, and Hillyer House in Ocean Springs. Tickets will also be available to purchase online through Eventbrite beginning March 14. The price will increase to $30 at the door or $20 with the donation of a #10 canned good item. 

Sponsorship levels for the 2022 Feed the Need event are available and range from $250 - $5,000.  For additional information about Feed the Need or sponsorships, please contact Sarah Reese at 228-860-7278 or feedtheneedos@gmail.com.

The Lord Is My Help is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.  Locally, The Lord Is My Help is an advocate for the needy, homeless, hungry, ill, disabled, & homebound. The Lord Is My Help serves approximately 3,200 meals each month, impacting over 120 households each day. Volunteers deliver over 100 meals per day, 5 days a week, to the elderly, ill, and disabled in the community. They also operate a Food Pantry service 5 days a week for those in need. The Lord Is My Help is located at 1205 Desoto Street in Ocean Springs.