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Desoto County Hunger Summit

On April 26, the American Heart Association had the pleasure to be a community partner for the first-ever DeSoto County Hunger Summit aimed to educate, engage and connect people who are working to feed residents of DeSoto County. 

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The Summit featured keynote presentations by Dr. DD Sidhu, a renowned pediatrician and expert on the effects of hunger on children, and Mike Dixon, Executive Director of Extra Table in Hattiesburg. Attendees participated in breakout sessions on topics such as feeding the working poor, making food donations work for you and community gardens.

The Summit was sponsored by Brown Missionary Baptist Church, DeSoto Children’s Clinic, MidSouth Food Bank, Trustmark, Baptist Desoto, DeSoto County Social Services Coalition, Methodist Olive Branch, Mid-South Churches Cooperative Conference, Ole Miss-Desoto and Northwest MS Community College.

Because of this summit and the generous sponsors who supported the event, the Community Foundation of NW Mississippi (CFNM) will be awarding mini-grants to summit attendees who apply for projects that will directly impact hunger in DeSoto County.

All community partners included:

  • American Heart Association
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto
  • Brown Missionary Baptist Church
  • City of Hernando, MS – Government
  • Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
  • DeSoto County Community Health Council
  • Desoto County Social Services Coalition – DCSSC
  • Fish-N-Loaves
  • Get Covered Mississippi
  • Mid-South Churches Cooperative Conference
  • Mid-South Food Bank
  • Methodist Olive Branch Hospital
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Sacred Heart Southern Missions
  • Society of St. Andrew - Mississippi
  • Oak Hill Baptist Church/The Hill-Hernando Church Family
  • University of Mississippi - DeSoto
  • Center for Population Studies- The University of Mississippi
  • Volunteer Northwest Mississippi
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