AT&T recently launched the Believe Mississippi℠ initiative to increase access to opportunity by addressing hunger and food disparities in communities across the state. By leveraging the resources of our local workforce, our team will focus on confronting disparities in food access and clearing obstacles to opportunity.
“Through Believe Mississippi, more than 2,300 AT&T employees are fighting hunger in Mississippi and closing food disparities in urban and rural communities across the state,” said AT&T Mississippi President Mayo Flynt. “With a fantastic team of caring people, we’re committed to supporting our communities as we work to meet needs and clear obstacles to opportunity in Mississippi.”
Believe Mississippi kicked off with a commitment of $200,000 dedicated to organizations across the state that are battling food disparities.
With this kickoff, we are supporting the Mississippi Food Network, the Mid-South Food Bank, Feeding the Gulf Coast, the Gulf Coast Veterans’ Association, and Sow Reap Feed. The combined service footprint of these organizations reaches residents in all 82 counties across the state.
With this funding from AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, these organizations will be able to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.
“We are pleased to work with AT&T on the Believe Mississippi project”, stated Charles Beady, CEO of Mississippi Food Network. “Their support will help us achieve our mission to relieve poverty-related hunger by providing food to families who need help.”
“It’s encouraging to have businesses, and our elected officials, like Mayor Lumumba, that recognize the dire condition of the hungry and food insecure in our area and are willing to take action towards a resolution,” said Keith Elliott of Sow Read Feed. “We look forward to an impactful partnership as we hit the streets to fight hunger and food insecurity here in Central Mississippi.”
To kick off the campaign, AT&T employees will pack meals and prepare items in local food pantries in Jackson, Gulfport, and Tupelo.
In addition, select AT&T retail stores and all Cricket Wireless stores across the state will be collecting non-perishable food items to support the efforts of the Mississippi Food Network, the Mid-South Food Bank, and Feeding the Gulf Coast.
Details regarding AT&T’s collaboration and volunteer work with additional Mississippi organizations will be released throughout the year.