(WMC-TV) - For some it is hard to imagine, but thousands of people across the Mid-South are spending their Thanksgiving without something to eat.
Also, that food hardship is something many will do without not just on the holiday but year round.
At the Mid-South Food Bank pallets of food are a reminder of hunger.
"There's nothing like it when you have hunger slapping you in the face. It really puts things in perspective," said Mid-South Food Bank volunteer coordinator Paula Rushing.
It takes a lot of volunteers to help the food bank distribute to charities in 31 counties, which sit in three states that rank in the top ten for food hardships.
"I think that's what most people don't get ... It could be your next door neighbor," said Rushing.
In a September report released by the Food Research and Action Center, Mississippi ranked number one among states where families with children struggle to afford food. Arkansas ranked number six and Tennessee is number eight.
The Gallup Organization asked 1.8 million households: Have there been times in the past 12 months when you didn't have enough money to buy food that you or family needed?
Nationally nearly one in four households answered yes.
"One of my biggest goals that I want to personally achieve is educating Mississippi because that's my home," said Rushing.
Rushing says education is the key to ending food hardships in the MidSouth.
"And it's going to take a village to get it done," said Rushing. "But I've gotta say this area is involved and we're gonna get there."
For more on the Food Research and Action Center's report on Food Hardships, click here.
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