Mississippi Food Network receives $4,800 donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

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JACKSON, MS – Mississippi Food Network receives a $4,800 donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

Established in 1983 inside 4,000 square foot converted church and abandoned fire station, the Mississippi Food Network has grown to over 80,000 square feet in space serving over 415 churches and 501C(3) nonprofit agencies in Mississippi. The Food Bank serves more than 175,000 people each month with more than 19.5 million pounds distributed annually.

The state of being food insecure is not limited to the unemployed. It often happens to those known as "working poor." These are the individuals who, although working, do not earn enough to meet all of their basic family needs. In addition, food insecurity can occur in situations where earnings are ordinarily adequate to meet basic needs, but in times of unexpected bills, such as medical, cannot cover all expenses. In such cases, it is not uncommon to see adults go without food and other necessities in favor of food for the children. In extreme cases, families will "break up," with adult males taking their pay checks and leaving. Today in Mississippi, 35% of the families having a female as head of the household, are living in poverty.

Mississippi Food Network’s mission is to relieve poverty-related hunger for Mississippians in their service area by distributing donated and purchased food and grocery products through a network of member churches and non-profit organizations. The Food Bank offers different methods of distribution, with approximately 60% of the product distributed each year picked up at the Food Bank by member charities.

“As we are all seeing an increase in everyday living expenses, our member agencies are experiencing an increase in the number of families utilizing their services each month. We appreciate your support of our organization and our mission to relieve poverty-related hunger in our service area. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow Mississippians,” said Walker Satterwhite, Executive Director of Mississippi Food Network.

For more information about Mississippi Food Network, please call (601) 353-7286, send an e-mail to, or visit

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c) (3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the foundation’s website at .

Celebrating 32 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.7 billion and services more than 1 million customers with branches in excess of 780 throughout 17 states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at