Church Drops off Big Donation to RIFA
JACKSON, Tenn.- A big gift was donated by a local church with a big heart as they work toward fighting hunger in West Tennessee. Thursday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Jackson presented RIFA with a $15,000 check toward its capital campaign and $20,000 worth of food items for the organization’s Snack Backpack program. RIFA leaders say the extra food will help ensure children have as much nutrition as possible. “They were very willing to work with us and purchase specific items that we don’t always have enough of in inventory, things like the small cans or fruit and the cans of the single serving of Beef-a-Roni and things like that,” said Lisa Tillman, executive director of RIFA. The Snack Backpack program provides hundreds of elementary school children in Jackson-Madison County with packs of food to take home on the weekends. Their counselors have identified them as underfed and likely to go without meals when they are not at school.