The Tupelo/Lee County Hunger Coalition was formed in 2016 by the Tupelo/Lee County Community Foundation, a CREATE Foundation affiliate. They partnered with the United Way of Northeast Mississippi and, later, Families First for Mississippi.
The Hunger Coalition works with all stakeholders who comprise the food distribution system to better understand the current situation and determine what is needed to eliminate food insecurity for all people in Lee County.
Our overarching goals are to CONNECT, EDUCATE, and ADVOCATE.
CONNECT. We are striving to connect service organizations with the resources and volunteers they need to better deliver their programs. We are also working to better identify the people in need and connect them to the groups and organizations that are providing the services. Currently, this is being done through the involvement of our Executive Director, who is seeking new partner organizations and meeting the existing agencies and programs.
EDUCATE. A portion of our work involves educating the community about the deep impact of food insecurity and to raise awareness of the needs and the organizations that are providing resources. Our communication plan involves speaking at church and civic organizations, producing a video to explain what food insecurity is and who we are as an organization, developing a web-site, and furthering our work through a robust social media campaign.
ADVOCATE. We are advocating for better resources, funding, and the level of need at the local and state level. This is accomplished through awareness and making connections with individuals that can help us impact and influence local and state leaders.