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The Tupelo/Lee County Hunger Coalition is a joint effort of the CREATE Foundation’s Lee County affiliate, United Way of Northeast Mississippi, and Families First for Mississippi. The coalition has 3 priorities:

  1. to secure funding and resources for food pantries in Lee County
  2. to support and expand hot meals and school weekend backpack programs in Lee County
  3. to raise awareness about food insecurity in the area

In 2017, United Way hired Jason Martin as the director of the hunger coalition, thanks to a grant from the CREATE Foundation’s Marchbanks fund. Jason is working with the local food pantries, hot meals programs like Saints Brew, the Salvation Army, and Meals on Wheels, and school programs that provide weekend backpacks and in-school food pantries for students in need.

Recently, Jason coordinated the first-ever Summer Backpack Program, which provided almost 700 students in Lee County with weekly boxes of food over the summer when free lunches and breakfasts and weekend backpacks are not available.

Learn more about the work of the Hunger Coalition on our Facebook page or contact Jason Martin at jason@unitedwaynems.org or 662-432-1894.


Hunger Coalition in the News

 

Local coalition formed to address hunger (Daily Journal)

Hunger Coalition announces summer feeding initiatives, makes major donation (Daily Journal)

Hunger Coalition discusses plan to coordinate local agencies (Daily Journal)

Hunger Coalition seeks to increase collaboration (Daily Journal)

Coalition formed to fight hunger (CREATE Foundation)

New summer backpack program coming to Tupelo, Lee County (WTVA/WLOV)

K-8 students to receive free food boxes at Baldwyn Schools’ registration Monday (Baldwyn Schools)