As a child, Jarriett saw a great example and leader in his mother, Hazel Flagg. He volunteered at the Anderson Memorial Church of God in Christ food pantry for more than 27 years alongside his mother, who was the coordinator there until she became ill in 2009. At that time, Jarriett assumed responsibility for the Target Hunger food pantry as the coordinator and lead volunteer. In 25 years, Jarriett has missed only 15 days. This alone shows his extreme dedication to the food pantry and his church.
Anderson Memorial Church, led by Bishop Prince E.W. Bryant, Sr., is one of the community partners with Target Hunger. The Target Hunger pantry at Anderson Memorial Church of God in Christ has a client base that is primarily seniors. Not only are the seniors living on restrictive fixed incomes, they often have mobility issues.
Jarriett cares for each of the seniors as if they were his own family. He makes sure they have a way to get the groceries in their cars, even if he has to stop by and do it himself.
“Several times a month, Jarriett supports our staff by unloading a truck, picking up special food distributions or working in our food hub,” says Lemel Jones, CEO of Target Hunger. “If he is asked to help in any capacity, his answer is always yes. He comes from a Christian family of achievers, and has never shied away from hard work.”
Jarriett retired from the US Postal Service at age 49, as was his dream. He wanted to retire at an early enough age so that he could still enjoy his life and his family, his volunteer work and his dedication to the community. After his mother’s passing, Jarriett moved quite naturally into the leadership role at the food pantry. He will tell you that he will do anything it takes to carry on his mother’s legacy of service.
He has been a fixture at Target Hunger his entire adult life and will likely continue until he himself is a senior citizen.
As a boy, Jarriett was active with Boy Scouts of America becoming a junior Scoutmaster at 17. That same year he began his career with the US Postal service and took over his father’s lawn service to help his dad. Jarriett is married, and has two daughters. Both his daughters are invested in the community and volunteer with him and his wife at functions for Anderson Memorial, Target Hunger, and other community efforts.
Jarriett Flagg is deeply committed to the work he does with the seniors in his church and the Greater Fifth Ward Community at large. Hunger is a real concern for those in the communities he serves and Jarriett wants his legacy to be as strong as the ones that have gone before him.