The AT&T Foundation is donating $45,000 total to the Mississippi Food Network (MFN) and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson to support those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UMMC will use the AT&T Foundation donation to purchase COVID-19 supplies and to feed medical personnel.
The donation to MFN will be used to provide meals for first responders across the state and with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
“We are very pleased to be joining with the AT&T Foundation during these unprecedented times to help provide meals for first responders at Mississippi Emergency Management Agency,” said Charles Beady, CEO of Mississippi Food Network. “The investment that MEMA makes every day to help people in Mississippi during this COVID pandemic to keep us safe is remarkable and a great benefit to all Mississippians.”
The Mississippi Food Network distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of food and feeds more than 150,000 every month — or a total of 1.8 million people per year. MFN takes donations from multiple sources, and distributes food and goods through 430 member agencies. They, in turn, distribute to recipients in their own communities.
“The outpouring of community support we’ve experienced at the Medical Center is both heartwarming and energizing,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “Our health care heroes come to work daily with one thing on their minds – to provide the very best care possible for Mississippians. We appreciate the AT&T Foundation’s thoughtful gift, and I know our staff will appreciate the meals and extra supplies it will provide.”
The University of Mississippi Medical Center is the State’s only academic medical center. The hospital is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by taking aggressive steps to increase testing, stem transmission and create forward-thinking health care solutions that benefit patients and families.
“Whether we’re working to keep our customers connected or working alongside groups like the Mississippi Food Network and the University of Mississippi Medical Center to help meet the needs of first responders, the AT&T Mississippi team and the AT&T Foundation remain focused on the strength of the communities we serve and support,” said Mayo Flynt, AT&T president – Mississippi.
For more information on how AT&T is supporting communities and responding to COVID-19, please visit https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html#.