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17-year-old creates food pantry to support families in need

A 17-year-old girl is stepping up to help feed children in need of food.

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A 17-year-old Mississippi girl is stepping up to help feed children in need of food.

Lydia Jiles, along with her mom and grandmother, created a food pantry after seeing the negative impact COVID-19 is having on their state.

On Saturday, she prepared over 100 bagged lunches for the children in her neighborhood, along with a free snowball (snowcone) from the ice cream truck.

Jiles said so many families depend on school lunches.

"I saw on Instagram how people were saying how this pandemic would affect children that depended on school lunches daily as well as families with low income who could only afford dinner and a few meals on the weekends," she said.

Jiles often participates in community service projects with her grandmother.

She said she wants to encourage her generation to help others whenever there is a need.

Jiles will provide the free bagged lunches every Saturday until things return to normal.