Back Bay Mission’s emergency assistance program provides financial and material help to people in need.
We operate the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s only client choice food pantry. This model allows clients to select their own food from different categories based on household size. In allows clients to maintain dignity while receiving a vital service, increasing client satisfaction. It also reduces waste by ensuring that clients receive food that meets their dietary needs and personal tastes.
The Mission has been using the client choice model since 2014. We expanded it to include our homeless clients, who have special needs when storing and preparing food, in 2015. We also expanded it to include our summer meals program.
Clients can receive food once every thirty days. They must live in the 39530, 39531, or 39540 zip codes, provide social security numbers, and sign a USDA eligibility form.
We provide limited help with utilities. Clients with past due water or electric bills can receive up to $100 in assistance. They must show identification, proof of income, and a current lease or mortgage.
We provide limited help with prescription medicines. Clients with an original prescription can receive help through Economy Drugs. We cannot help with pain medication or controlled substances.
We provide help with vital documents. Clients who need help obtaining identification or a birth certificate can receive assistance if they are enrolling a child in school, applying for public housing, or seeking employment. Clients must have appropriate documentation.