Our Impact

497,578 meals were fed through our services in 2018.

Everyday we are fighting back against the effects of hunger. These numbers are significant but there is more to do to end hunger in Jackson and the surrounding counties. Here is the impact that the community had through RIFA in 2018:

  • 497,578

    Meals distributed through RIFA ministries

  • 77,394

    Meals served in the
    Soup Kitchen

  • 25,645

    Meals provided to
    senior citizens

  • 16,323

    Meals served through School Food Pantry

  • 41,937

    Meals distributed through Community Outreach

  • 232,164

    Meals provided through Snack Backpack

  • Supporting RIFA and the Snack Backpack ministry allows the community to contribute to the kids on a daily basis—It is the community saying that we are investing in our kids.

    -Aimee Evans, Arlington Elementary School Counselor
  • Financial contributions are a necessary part of RIFA. They couldn’t do what they do if we don’t contribute financially. My heart is here at RIFA.

    -Ann Edwards, RIFA donor and volunteer
  • RIFA is a refuge for so many.

    -Paul Reed, RIFA volunteer
  • RIFA is part of the reason that my baby, Isaiah, is here because they fed me in the Soup Kitchen while I was pregnant and didn’t have food.

    - Angela, Soup Kitchen patron
  • I think volunteering has given me a sense of giving back to the community. When I was working at a regular job, I didn’t have time to volunteer, even though I wanted to. But once I retired I knew I had the time, I just had to find where I wanted to volunteer. Volunteering at RIFA gives me something to do to give back, keeps me busy, and I’ve really enjoyed it.

    -Richard, RIFA volunteer
  • Volunteers and community service workers are the lifeblood of RIFA! Without them, we can't operate. You can't bless others without also receiving a blessing yourself, so the volunteers get a great blessing by serving here. Most choose to come back again and again.

    -Dan Ward, RIFA volunteer coordinator

Your tax-deductible donation provides so much to many who have so little:

$1.82 will provide a meal to the homeless
$3.78 will provide food to a child for one weekend
$7.28 will provide a emergency food for a family
$18.20 will provide a food box to a senior citizen

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