COVID vaccines and food boxes provided at Hattiesburg’s first-ever ‘Summer Tropicanza’

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – The NAACP and other organizations held a special family health resource fair in Hattiesburg on Saturday.

The first “Summer Tropicanza” was held at the Changes Resource Center on West Pine Street.

It was co-hosted by Pine Belt: This is Our Shot.

During the event, school backpacks and food boxes were distributed.

People were also encouraged to get free COVID-19 vaccines or boosters.

“It is about serving our community and giving back to our community, feeding the community, providing assistance with backpacks and child food boxes and we also have vaccines and boosters available for COVID-19,” said Mary Hossley, president of health promotions for the NAACP and president of Pine Belt: This is our shot.

Free face masks and home COVID-19 test kits were also distributed.

“What we tried to do (Saturday), the partnership with the League of Women Voters, with This is Our Shot and with Changes (Resource Center) and the NAACP, is to let the community know that we care. your health, that we want to have fun, while taking care of you and being aware of your health needs,” said Andrea Wesley, NAACP Board Member and Steering Committee Member of Pine Belt: This is Our Shot.

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