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Mission Stations

My vision is to see that community churches have a mission station that supplies grocery supplies to the underpriviledged in the community.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

St. James Temple COGIC

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Just beginning now

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

United States

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Clarksdale, MS according to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36 km square).

What country is your selected Place located in?

United States of America

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Clarksdale is my hometown. It is important to me because I live here and would like to support the community in their effort to provide food supplies to the inhabitants and those in the surrounding communities. I live in Clarksdale. My children live and work in Clarksdale and my spouse work in Clarksdale. Through our Church's mission station I would like to bless the community and surrounding towns with food supplies to assist them in their homes with their families.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Clarkdale is located on the banks of the Sunflower River in the Mississippi Delta. It is the seat of Coahoma County in Mississippi. The western boundary of the county is formed by the Mississippi River. It is an agricultural and trading center. It has been the home to many blues musicians. In the Fall and Winter seasons the weather is quite far. It is unusual for us to have snow. The Spring and Summer seasons are very pleasant. It can get quite hot in the delta in the Summer season with climate reaching as high as 100 degrees. The population in Clarksdale is 15, 732 (2017). The Mayor of Clarksdale is Chuck Espy (Democrat). Clarksdale has three star hotels averaging $107.00. In it suburbs Clarksdale has a community college (Coahoma Community College). Points of interest includes: 1. Delta Blues Museum 2. The Blues Crossroads 3. Cutrer Mansion. There is a diversity of ethnicity in Clarksdale (Asians, Mexicans, African Americans, Caucasians, Indians, etc). There are buffet restaurants featuring fish, soul food, and barbeques. There are many juke joints. There are several public schools. One private school and St. Elizabeth Catholic School. The residents are praying that there will be assistance for those in the delta who need a supplement to assist them with their food supplies each month. St. James has a Mission station that does this, but we need funds to continue to assist the delta community in this effort. That is why I wanted to submit a vision challenge to you. I would like to support our mission station at my church in their effort to feed thousands who without them will go hungry.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

We are a blues town with many jukejoints. There are always barbeques going on in our town. We have a hospital with doctors. We have lawyers here as well as teachers and professors in our community college. There is a mixed ethnicity. The place was very high in criminal activities, but with the new policies of our mayor, sheriff and police stations, Clarksdale is doing much better.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

I think that our national administrator of medicaid and medicare, Seema Verna said "it's easier to give someone a card; it's much harder to build a ladder to help people climb their way out of poverty. But even though it is harder it's the right thing to do." With our mission station we are providing a ladder in the delta community for families to have food and supplemental groceries that they need each months. With our supplies children will not go hungry. The elderly will be given supplements to their income. But we cannot do it by ourselves. We need John Rockerfeller's contributions to help support us in our efforts.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Families will be provided with grocery supplies so that children in the delta community will not go hungry. The elderly will be provided for with a supplement to assist them with their monthly budget. A ladder is given to the people to climb out of poverty.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

This contribution will help us to support many families in the delta community that needs a help us the ladder from poverty.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Email
  • I receive a newletter from the Rockerfeller foundation occasionally.

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Join the conversation:

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Hi, Faith Bays ! Welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!

What you have presented so far has great potential and it would be worth continuing by integrating the six Prize Themes: Economics, Diet, Technology, Policy, Culture, and Environment. In order to update your submission, we've built a very comprehensive Food Vision Prize Toolkit with a lot of information, activities, and guidelines. The Toolkit will help you refine your Clarksdale 2050 Vision and make it systems-focused, community-centered and well informed for the future.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:
You can update your submission at any time until January 31st.

I look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming days.

Best regards,