Charity Review

Issued: September 2015 Expires: September 2017

Accredited Charity

Mississippi Food Network, Inc.

Meets Standards
(601) 353-7286 440 W. Beatty Street, Jackson MS 39201

Standards for Charity Accountability

  1. 1. Board Oversight
  2. 2. Board Size
  3. 3. Board Meetings
  4. 4. Board Compensation
  5. 5. Conflict of Interest
Measuring Effectiveness
  1. 6. Effectiveness Policy
  2. 7. Effectiveness Report
  1. 8. Program Expenses
  2. 9. Fund Raising Expenses
  3. 10. Accumulating Funds
  4. 11. Audit Report
  5. 12. Detailed Expense Breakdown
  6. 13. Accurate Expense Reporting
  7. 14. Budget Plan
Fund Raising & Info
  1. 15. Truthful Materials
  2. 16. Annual Report
  3. 17. Website Disclosures
  4. 18. Donor Privacy
  5. 19. Cause Marketing Disclosures
  6. 20. Complaints
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
  8. BBB Comment

Mississippi Food Network, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


[To] relieve poverty-related hunger in our service area by distributing donated and purchased food and grocery products through a network of member churches and nonprofit organizations. 

Business incorporated: 06/01/1983 in MS


Mississippi Food Network (MFN) partners with agencies across the state, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and churches, to get food to hungry people.  The organization offers a BackPack Program to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations, by filling backpacks with food and snacks, assuring the children will receive some proper nutrition while away from their school’s meal programs.  The After-School At-Risk Snack Program provides healthy snacks to children in afterschool programs in underserved communities.  The snacks are distributed through five Boys & Girls Clubs and nine private nonprofit organizations that also offer tutoring, homework help, and enrichment activities.  MFN’s Summer Food Service Program works to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out, as well as providing enrichment activities and nutrition education.  The organization also offers nutrition education to seniors participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program through a registered dietitian, teaching people about healthy food and snack choices and exercise.  According to the organization, in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, over 18 million pounds of food was distributed and 1.4 million people were served.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Ms. Jean Jacobs, Account Service Manager/ Customer Service Manager Business Affiliation: Entergy

CEO: Mr. Walker Satterwhite, Executive Director Compensation:* $107,443.00

Board Size: 23

Staff: 25

* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Cause-Related Marketing

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 3.97%

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Mississippi Food Network, Inc.'s Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds
Shared maintenance fees $361,937.00
Food purchase revenues $56,167.00
Investment and other income $39,562.00
Contributions of money $791,960.00
Government grants $1,357,413.00
Government grants (non-cash) $10,560,672.00
Contributions of food (non-government) $8,300,724.00
Grants (non-government) $1,619,283.00
Total Income: $23,087,718.00
Fusion Chart
Program Expenses: $21,020,569.00
Fundraising Expenses: $425,305.00
Administrative Expenses: $233,191.00
Total Expenses: $21,679,065.00
Expenses in Excess of Income: ($1,408,653.00)
Beginning Net Assets: $5,336,811.00
Ending Net Assets: $6,745,464.00
Total Liabilities: $147,281.00
Total Assets: $6,892,745.00

BBB Comment

A BBB Accredited Charity since 02/12/2004.

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