Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred U.S.-based groups including nine from Mississippi who are cultivating a better food system.
Extra Table is a Mississippi nonprofit organization that strives to end hunger. Extra Table uses 100 percent of the donations they receive to purchase nutritious food for food pantries and soup kitchens across the state.
Farm Families of Mississippi dedicates itself to public education about the importance of agriculture. The organization aims to spread awareness throughout Mississippi on the impact of farming, including providing safe and affordable food for families and caring for the environment.
Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi has a mission to connect the people of Mississippi with the resources and education necessary to make sustainable food choices. The organization is currently petitioning state policymakers to update regulations, which would allow local farmers to sell their poultry at farmers markets and other non-farm locations.
Good Food for Oxford Schools aims to make school lunches nutritious and to promote the health and nutritional awareness of students and families of the Oxford School District in Oxford, MS. The initiative aims to add local fresh produce and freshly prepared meals to the schools’ menus and engages students and families using food-themed clubs, lesson plans about plants and food, cooking classes, and experiential learning at local food vendors.
Jackson Inner-City Gardeners mentors and provides leadership training to teenage men in the community of Jackson, MS. The organization is committed to growing sustainable, organic produce while turning youth into leaders through gardening.
Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, a nonprofit established in 1972, serves farming families and communities by providing technical assistance and advocating for the needs of cooperatives, including networking, sustainable production, marketing, and community food security.
Mississippi Food Network aims to eliminate poverty-related hunger by providing donated food and nutrition education through a network of churches and nonprofit organizations. The organization serves over 413 churches and nonprofit organization and feeds over 125,000 people each month.
Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity is a community-based project that advocates for health equity by working to change local infrastructure and to remove structural and social barriers to health for all community members.
Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network supports sustainable practices that benefit state residents. Their goals include the creation of a database for farmers, holding forums for policy changes and idea exchanges, and connecting farmers with markets and consumers.