Mississippi Food Network (MFN) has been feeding Mississippians since 1984. MFN distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of food and feeds more than 150,000 every month — or a total of 1.8 million people per year. MFN takes donations from multiple sources, and distributes food and goods through 430 member agencies. They, in turn, distribute to recipients in their own communities.
- Every $1 donated provides six meals to hungry Mississippians, and 95 cents of every dollar goes to our programs.
- MFN, a member of Feeding America, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.
Our vision is to eliminate poverty-related hunger in our service area.
Our mission is to relieve poverty-related hunger in our service area by distributing donated and purchased food and grocery products through a network of member churches and nonprofit organizations. We provide nutrition education to our needy clients. We also emphasize advocacy and related needs.
In carrying out our mission, the work of MFN revolves around a core set of values that provide the framework within which we declare commitments, operating principles and accountability.
- Respect – We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with respect, equity and compassion.
- Stewardship and Accountability – We keep faith with the public trust through the efficient, effective and compassionate use of resources entrusted to us and are mindful that our mission is accomplished through the generosity of others. We maintain and communicate accurate and timely information. We evaluate and account regularly for how our resources are used to implement and achieve our mission.
- Collaboration – We believe in the power of mutual effort. We collaborate and build strong relationships with our agencies and the public. These are based on trust, with and among those who share our vision.
- Urgency – We operate with an acute sense of urgency that reflects the immediate needs of those living in poverty. We challenge our employees, volunteers and agencies to embrace the same urgency to accomplish our shared vision.
- Service – We believe service is fundamental. We strive to serve with excellence, fairness, compassion and responsiveness to meet the needs of those with whom we work.
- Integrity – We act with honesty, trust and openness and deliver on commitments. We act within the spirit of agreements, contracts and the law. Our intentions and actions will always be transparent and above reproach.
Our Board of Directors is tasked with keeping Mississippi Food Network on track and on mission. Among other things, the Board helps to shape our vision and purpose; hire, support and oversee our leadership; ensure that we’re managing our resources wisely and effectively; and increase the awareness of hunger in Mississippi.
Board of Directors
- Rebecca Turner Chairman
- Josie Bidwell Vice Chairman
- Russell Morrison Secretary
- Cindy Barron Treasurer
- Felicia Lyles Immediate Past Chairman
- Ray Ables
- Angela Cockerham
- Pam Confer
- Lauren Engle
- Crystal Fox
- Larry Houchins
- Ann L. Laster
- Todd Lawson
- Donnell Lewis
- ReMonica McBride
- Elaine McKeown
- Mike Neelly
- Bilal Qizilbash
- Trisha Richardson
- Worth Thomas
- Matt Williamson
- Marcus Wilson
- Keith Young
Chief Executive Officer
- Charles H. Beady, Jr.
In 1983, a group of concerned and compassionate people recognized the need for a food bank — a warehouse facility that would accumulate, store and distribute food and household items for charities that would make the final distribution to needy people in the community. A warehouse was needed because the charities did not have enough space to store large quantities. When the food bank opened its doors in April 1984 — with 4,000 square feet in a converted church and abandoned fire station — it had 37 donors, 8 member agencies, and 2,300 pounds of food. In all, 139,000 pounds of food were distributed in 1984. Today, MFN has grown to over 80,000 square feet in space, including a 62,000-square-foot main warehouse and office building, purchased in 1996. In 2003, a 20,000-square-foot building became available across the street from the main warehouse. Today, more than 21.2 million pounds of food are distributed annually. More than 100 individual board members have served through the years. MFN’s Executive Directors have included Jessie Morris (1984-90), Barbara Barnes (interim, 1990-91), John Alford (1991-2005), Walker Satterwhite (2006-2014) and Charles H. Beady, Jr. (2014-present).
MFN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is committed to financial transparency and accountability. Click any of the links below to read our annual reports and/or tax forms.
Commitment To Diversity
- We will strive to reflect in our staff, boards and agencies the diversity of Mississippi in which we are located and the cultural groups served.
- We will be sensitive to the diverse cultures served in the acquisition and allocation of grocery products.
- We respect people of all races, religions, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or physical ability and will not allow differences to affect services.
- We have a responsibility to present the diverse face of hunger to donors and the general public in information about hunger in Mississippi.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.