Mississippi Food Network prepares to feed hundreds of hungry kids during summer months

Summer Feeding Program

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -Summer is right around the corner and the Mississippi Food Network wants to make sure kids don’t go hungry when school is not in session. The organization is calling on the community to help feed those in need.

Beneta Burt is the President and CEO of the Mississippi Urban League. Recently, the organization opened this food pantry. Part of its mission is to feed hungry kids during the summer months.

“We have 40-50 kids during the summer, and if they don't have access to good, nutritious meals during the summer they are kind a left to their own means and they don't eat well,” said Burt.

The Urban League is partnering with the Mississippi Food Network to make sure they underprivileged kids won't go hungry when they are not in the classroom.

There is real poverty in the mist of prosperity and it shouldn't be.

The Urban League is one of 26 agencies the Mississippi Food Network has joined forces with to fill the hungry gap.

“We are going to help provide the food to them, we provide the paper work and what they will do is prepare the meals and feed the children during the summer,” said Director of External Affairs Marilyn Blackledge.

The program starts the first week in June. The non-profit is calling on communities across the state to dig deep in their pockets to invest in the summer feeding program.

“The public can help us by sending in donations. For every dollar, we can provide six meals. If you need to donate you have our website, we tell you to follow us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, see what we’re doing. Nobody wants to think about children going hungry especially children,” said Blackledge.

For more information on how you can donate to the summer feeding program click here.

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