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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.

In 2018, Jason coordinated the first-ever summer fackpack 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.

In 2019, the BreakBox summer program is expanding to an additional two school districts and plans to serve 800 children. Learn more at tupeloleehungercoalition.org/breakbox

Learn more about the work of the Hunger Coalition at tupeloleehungercoalition.org, 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)

Hunger Coalition hosts major food packaging event to benefit area children (Daily Journal)

Hunger Coalition gears up for final summer food packing event (Daily Journal)

OUR OPINION: Coalition seeks to tackle serious issue of hunger (Daily Journal)

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