Programs and Services - Mississippi Food Network

Programs and Services

Like all food banks, Mississippi Food Network relies on lots of people, places, and systems to get food to our Mississippi neighbors all around the state.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

Acquiring, storing, and distributing food is Mississippi Food Network’s primary focus through the Emergency Food Assistance Program. The food is provided to over 430 churches and nonprofits that distribute food in their local communities. These organizations operate food pantries, community kitchens and shelters. Many of these are in outlying rural areas with little access to resources.

Mobile Pantry Program

The Mobile Pantry Program directly serves clients in areas of high need. Each mobile pantry distributes a variety of products including protein, fresh produce, and shelf stable foods.

Two students smile with joy as they receive backpacks filled with food to take home.

The Backpack Program

The BackPack Program is designed to lessen the consequence of chronic childhood hunger by providing a meal kit of child-friendly foods to hungry children on weekends and school holidays. A donation of $128 will provide a weekend backpack for one child throughout the 32-week school year.


School Pantry Program

The mission of the School Pantry Program is to help alleviate child hunger in Mississippi through the provision of food to children and their families at school.


Kids Café Program and Summer Food Service Program

Our Kids Café and Summer Food Service Programs offer hot meals and healthy snacks to children when school is out of session.

Senior Grocery Program

The Senior Grocery Program provides healthy, shelf stable food once a month to qualified at-risk seniors throughout MFN’s service area. A donation of $150 will provide a shelf stable box to one senior citizen for 12 months.

The Hunger Problem

We have the worst hunger problem in America. 1 in 6 Mississippians — about 480,600 people — don’t have enough to eat. More than 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry most every night.

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We have the worst hunger problem in America. Almost 1 in 6 Mississippians — about 480,600 people — don’t have enough to eat. More than 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry most nights.

How a Food Bank Works

This simple flow chart illustrates how food comes to us, and then gets distributed to the hungry.

Success Stories

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