Entergy Mississippi has kicked off its 100th anniversary by teaming up with Extra Table to pack meals and donating $100,000 to help eliminate hunger in families across the state.
Entergy volunteers packed 2,500 boxes of red beans, rice, and spices — one box for every Entergy Mississippi employee — at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Wednesday.
In addition to packing meals, employees throughout Entergy’s four-state service area are donating items to support Entergy’s Mississippi Delta customers devastated by the March tornadoes. The donations will be distributed by Goodwill Industries.
“This significant moment in our company’s history must highlight our communities that particularly need us to be good neighbors right now,” Entergy Mississippi president and CEO Haley Fisackerly said. “Many of our customers live below the poverty level and struggle to meet the basic needs of their families. On top of that, communities in the Delta have a long road to recovery after last month’s storms. The best way to step into our next century while honoring our community roots is by helping our fellow Mississippians.”
According to the company, it’s the first event of a multi-phase 100,000-meal commitment with Extra Table to support Mississippi communities impacted by food scarcity.
Along with the $100,000 gift, which was funded by shareholders, Entergy Mississippi’s support will help Extra Table stock 62 food pantries in the state with nutritious, shelf-stable food.
“We’re grateful that Entergy chose to partner with us to celebrate their incredible milestone,” Extra Table Executive Director Martha Allen said. “It shows their dedication to solving hunger, and their heart for Mississippi families. With their helping hands and generosity, we will be able to provide half a million meals to families in need.”