Two recent KNOW Hunger Nutrition Fairs conducted in Vicksburg and Jackson drew 40 local organizations and more than 800 participants. The events, part of the Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project Mississippi, provided free food and health screenings, nutritious cooking and exercise demonstrations plus access to programs for the underserved.
There were a lot of great moments, and some of the highlights are available here. But it’s increasingly clear the most important gathering is ongoing.
There has been a proliferation of organizations and resources aimed at curbing hunger for Mississippi, which leads the nation in food insecurity. Several groups have been at it awhile, and here are a few of the lead entities engaged at present:
- The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi
- The Mississippi Food Policy Council
- The Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project Mississippi
- The Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity
- The Extra Table and Sysco Corp.
There are others, including a growing number of efforts by political leaders. Lasting success will likely require a coalition of public and private entities working together.
There will be at least two more opportunities this fall that can help lend traction. The Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project will conduct a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge on Nov. 13 in Jackson, and a day later The Mississippi Food Policy Council is holding a conference.
Contact those organizations for more information, and also take a minute to visit all of these groups and see where your own effort might fit in. There’s plenty of room at the table for those who want to make a real difference.