History of the Delta Fresh Foods Initiative
The Delta Fresh Foods Initiative (DFFI) is a diverse coalition of community stakeholders committed to establishing sustainable, equitable community food systems in the Mississippi Delta. Members of the group include growers, consumers, health and agriculture educators, food retailers (including farmers' markets and other outlets), community-based organizations, funders, healthy food advocates and more.
February 2010 saw the birth of DFFI, in partnership with WhyHunger, a national non-profit organization committed to building the food movement throughout the country and around the world. More than 130 local participants were convened to share their vision for a healthy Mississippi Delta, establish a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Delta residents today, and develop a community action plan to make their vision a reality.
Since that time, DFFI has developed into a strong network of committed members who seek to build supply and demand for fresh locally grown food in the region by connecting existing components of sustainable community food systems in the Delta; bringing together other national and local partners with a variety of resources; providing training and technical assistance for sustainable growers, consumers and advocates; and engaging the next generation in building community food systems.
The Delta Fresh Foods Initiative is growing and expanding as membership and leadership within the coalition, partnerships and projects, and momentum continue to build. Join us for a healthier, more productive Mississippi Delta!
Message from the Board
Delta Fresh Foods Advocates:
A good food revolution is taking root in the Mississippi Delta! Since our first gathering in February 2010, Delta Fresh Foods member partners have continued to build a vibrant network of passionate people who are working to develop equitable community food systems all across the region.
- Staying true to the vision and mission birthed nearly two years ago, the coalition has focused on five main areas:
- Education for growers and consumers
- Projects to build and strengthen community-based food systems
- Advocacy for equitable food systems in Mississippi
- Capacity-building research
Our meetings feature interesting "Local Food" champions who have expertise and experience that can help us continue to move forward. Edwin Marty, founder of very successful community food systems in Birmingham and other places around the globe, made an excellent presentation in July. Please join us and help continue the momentum towards a Delta that flourishes with locally grown food systems, stronger local economies, healthier folks and a better future for all who live here.
Membership in the Delta Fresh Foods Initiative is free and open to anyone who wants to be a part of sustainable agriculture in Mississippi. If you are interested in adding your voice, click here.
- Delta Fresh Foods Officers:
- President—Deborah Moore, VP of Community Development, Delta Health Alliance, Dmoore_1977@yahoo.com
- Secretary—Dorothy Grady Scarbrough, MEGA (Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture), Dorothy.email@example.com
- Treasurer—Dr. DeMarc Hickson, COO for My Brother's Keeper, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Keith Benson, Found of the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Production (ASAP), email@example.com
- Valeria Hawkins, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Vlhawkins74@gmail.com
- Josh Walker, Creative Director, Mothlite Media, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Judy Belue, Delta Fresh Foods Coordinator (NON-VOTING MEMBER), Jwbelue1@gmail.com