Our Impact

611,405 meals were fed to those in need through our services in 2023.

Every day 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 2023:

  • 611,405

    Meals distributed through RIFA ministries

  • 67,245

    Meals served in the
    Soup Kitchen

  • 5,167

    Meals served through the Bus Stop Cafe

  • 153,525

    Meals provided to
    senior citizens through Senior Staples

  • 89,075

    Meals distributed through Community Outreach

  • 258,879

    Meals provided through
    Snack Backpack & School Food Pantries

  • 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
  • RIFA is a refuge for so many.

    -Paul Reed, RIFA volunteer
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

$1.82 will provide a meal to the homeless
$5.44 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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