The St. Mary Magdalen Christian Service Center provides food pantry services to all of Vermillion Parish. Deacon Randy Hyde, the center director, has been there for two years, and says the feeling of giving is priceless.
"You can't buy it. You can't go somewhere and purchase it."
The center doubles as a soup kitchen, providing hot meals, four days a week. The center is also unique. Hyde said residents are allowed to pick and choose their own food.
"People come in with baskets and pick up what they need, instead of us handing them something they may not want or use."
Hyde explained that this is to help give restore dignity to those citizens. So far this year, the center has restored dignity, and helped provide over 82 tons of food to over 8,000 people. Hyde said it's the community that keeps them going, and also food drives, like the Food-Net, Food for Families food drive that will be held this Wednesday, December 5th.
"We need each other to make sure this works."
For Abbeville, the drop-off location for non-perishables food items, meat products, and hygiene products will be Super-One, located on 2720 Rodeo Road. For a list of drop-off locations and times in your area, click here.