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Mississippi Food Network feeds the needy all year

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Being #1 sounds great, but being at the top isn’t always a good thing.

Unfortunately, Mississippi is currently at the top of the list for poorest state.  Where there’s poverty, there is hunger. So naturally, Mississippi has also been recognized as having the worst hunger problem in America.  Hunger is an issue all over the United States, but in Mississippi it is practically an epidemic.

According to the Mississippi Food Network, almost 1 in 4 Mississippians don’t have enough to eat and many of these are children and the elderly.  Stomachs are growling all over the state, and many children and seniors are going to bed hungry every night.

The Mississippi Food Network is responsible for providing food to youth programs, senior citizen programs, day care centers, food pantries, human service programs and homeless  shelters. In addition to the regular problems they encounter, the MFN is facing epic shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet they remain committed to feeding the hungry in our state.

In addition to supplying food banks across Mississippi, the MFN runs a rural delivery program to provide food in centralized locations across the state.

They are also responsible for the Backpack Program for school children. This program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Backpacks are filled with food and snacks, and then discreetly distributed to children on the last day before a weekend or holiday vacation.

Five days a week, the agency also provides healthy snacks to about 600 children in after-school programs in under-served communities. These are administered by the Mississippi Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition. The snacks are distributed through five Boys & Girls Clubs and nine private nonprofit organizations that also offer tutoring, homework help and enrichment activities.

But there is something else Mississippi leads in- giving.  Mississippians are also known to take care of each other.  As the holidays approach, people all over the state will find it in their hearts to give generously to those less fortunate.  Programs such as the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child will provide gifts to countless needy children thanks to the love and generosity of Mississippians.  Organizations such as The United Way of Mississippi and the River City Rescue Mission in Vicksburg will provide meals and other necessities.

As we open our hearts and wallets this year, let’s keep in mind the heroes at the Mississippi Food Network and all of our neighbors they serve throughout the year.

They are located at 440 W. Beatty Street, Jackson, MS and donations can be made by calling (601) 973-7086 or visiting www.msfoodnetwork.org.

 

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Supplies Needed: Clipboard Paper (scrapbook not just printer paper) Adhesive (scotch tacky glue is awesome) Craft knife (or really tiny scissors) Embellishments Instructions: For making one similar to above, you will need two pieces of patterned paper.  Decide how far down you want the first paper to go.  Trim one sheet of paper to that length.  Sit the second piece of paper aside for the moment.  Now, the top of a clipboard is where most people get discouraged.  PAY ATTENTION to the clip itself when purchasing a clipboard.  It makes a difference when you start to put paper around it.  All clipboards are not created equal!  The one featured here is actually sold at Family Dollar.  Okay, back to what we were doing.  Take that piece of trimmed paper and line it up at the top edge of board.  Take a pencil or pen and draw a line at the bottom edge of the paper.  Remove the paper and cover the area with adhesive.  You can use a piece of scrap paper or foam brush to spread it.  You want a good thin coat because a thick coat might wrinkle the paper.  After you spread the glue lay your paper on there.  Don’t worry about trimming the sides, we will get to that.  Now spread glue on the rest of the clipboard.  Align the second sheet of paper to butt the bottom of the first sheet.  Place on the clipboard and sit aside.  Let dry for about 30 minutes, so the adhesive has a good strong hold.  Get your craft knife or tiny scissors and trim of excess paper around edges.  Now we have come to the embellishment stage.  This is where you have to decide things on your own, sorry.  I will tell you that running a thin ribbon between the papers looks cute.  Also tying small pieces of ribbon to the clip is great.  Almost every clipboard I design winds up with a huge silk flower on the corner, taking up two to three inches of space.  You don’t have to do any of these, they are just things I wind up doing.  Creativity is about freedom.  It is your handiwork and no one can take that from you! Altered composition book: Supplies needed: Composition book Adhesive Paper Embellishments Craft knife or small scissors Instructions: Spread adhesive all over cover of book, leaving the spine of the book uncovered.  Place paper over adhesive.  Flip to the back and repeat.  Sit aside to let adhesive dry.  Trim off excess paper from both sides.  Okay, now to the fun part.  Again, this is the part of the project that is up to you, it’s your book.  You can add stickers, run ribbon along the black part, add flowers, etc.  Have fun with this project.  You can personalize these books as presents, especially to teenage girls!  I buy these books by the stack just for altering. Okay, well it’s now 5:30 so I believe this segment of the 4 a.m. Crafter needs to draw to a close.  The baby is sleeping soundly in my lap so it’s time for this momma to catch a little shut eye.  Join me next week for another segment!  Happy crafting!]]]]> ]]>

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