Mid-South Food Bank’s mission is to fight hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of wholesome food, and through education and advocacy.
Mid-South Food Bank distributed 12.2 million pounds of food and grocery items in 2012, the equivalent of approximately 10 million meals. In its 30 years, Mid-South Food Bank has distributed more than 259 million pounds of food and other groceries. Mid-South Food Bank’s emergency food agencies (pantries, soup kitchens and shelters), provides food to 186,500 different people each year. 62,000 of these recipients are children. 21,000 different people a week depend on food from Mid-South Food Bank for their very next meal.
Mid-South Food Bank distributes food to 18 counties in MS, 12 counties in TN, and 1 county in AR.
Mid-South Food Bank receives funding from individuals, businesses, corporate and private foundations, civic organizations, religious groups, participating agencies, and government grants. For every budget dollar, 96 cents (including the value of all donated food) goes directly to Food Bank programs.
Feeding America negotiates food purchases for over 200 food banks in the nation. Through Feeding America's efforts Mid-South Food Bank is able to take a one dollar donation and purchase 3 meals.
Mid-South Food Bank was founded as a program of MIFA (Metropolitan Interfaith Association) in 1981. It became a member of Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), the national food bank network in 1982. In 1988 the Food Bank became an independent nondenominational 501(c)(3) Tennessee corporation, and moved to its current facility at 239 S. Dudley. Mid-South Food Bank serves non-profit agencies and the church equivalent in 31 Mid-South counties, 18 counties in Mississippi, 12 counties in Tennessee, and 1 county in Arkansas. These agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth programs, senior programs, rehabilitation and residential centers.
Mid-South Food Bank receives, stores and distributes food and other non-grocery items. Donors include food manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, retailers, and individuals. Mid-South Food Bank also purchases food from a variety of wholesale sources.