Mosaic Supports Efforts to End Hunger in DeSoto County

The Giving Coast

As it has since 2012, Mosaic is providing generous support to All Faiths Food Bank (AFFB) to help residents in need in DeSoto County. This year, Mosaic has awarded a grant of $65,000 to AFFB for the food bank’s BackPack and Mobile Pantry programs, aimed at ending hunger in rural communities. Mosaic’s support for AFFB in DeSoto County began in 2012 for mobile pantries and soon expanded to include support for the BackPack program, which provides students enrolled in DeSoto County schools with backpacks filled with nutritious foods for the weekends and during school holidays. Over the past 12 years, Mosaic has contributed more than $795,000 to AFFB in support of these programs. With the financial support provided by Mosaic, AFFB’s BackPack and Mobile Pantry programs reduced hunger and food insecurity for 4,000 residents of DeSoto County during the most recent funding year. Individuals and families obtained nutritious food on a regular basis from 89 mobile distribution sites located in their neighborhoods throughout the county. Approximately 60,000 pounds of fresh produce were distributed through the Mobile Pantry program in DeSoto County alone. Additionally, BackPacks filled with healthy, ready-to-eat snacks were handed out to more than 3,100 children each week from 20 schools and child-focused programs. 

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