About Us

Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities, Inc.

Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. (MDCFWOI) was organized in 1971 as a private non-profit corporation to operate programs to assist migrant and seasonal farm workers in Mississippi and to help them seek alternatives to agricultural labor or improve the agricultural lifestyle of those who wish to remain in agriculture. MDCFWOI provides activities and services for the migrant and seasonal farm workers in Mississippi, specializing in job training, workforce development, micro-enterprise, and related services.

MISSION

Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. (MDCFWOI) assists migrant and seasonal farm workers in Mississippi, helping them seek employment alternatives to agricultural labor and to improve the agricultural lifestyle of those who wish to remain working in agriculture. Organized in 1971 as a private non-profit corporation, MDCFWOI specializes in job training, workforce development, microenterprise, and related services. List Your Programs or Service Areas

OUR WORK

MDCFWOI provides activities and services for the migrant and seasonal farm workers in the state of Mississippi, specializing in job training, workforce development, microenterprise, and related services. MDCFWOI is a minority-led, multicultural organization that serves seasonal and migrant farmworkers, their families, and other low-income people in the Mississippi Delta.

MDCFWOI serves the entire state of Mississippi, focusing service in the 39 counties in the Delta and semi-Delta that are home to the vast majority of the state’s migrant and seasonal farm workers. Forty years of experience administering Federal farm laborer programs has resulted in 58,000+ receiving employment training and support services. The client population is predominantly African-American (70%) and includes significant numbers of Hispanic (of any race, 30%) workers. The board and staff are area residents and include farm owners, operators, and seasonal workers.

Working in the following ways enables MDCFFWOI to work toward a more just, equitable, and inclusive local economy:

• JOB TRAINING

• JOB PLACEMENT

• MICROENTERPRISE SUPPORT

• COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS.

 

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GOALS

  1. Help farmworkers and low income people in the Delta communities become more financially successful and better able to sustain their economic success over time.
  2. Train the region’s farmworkers and low-income residents and place them into good jobs.
  3. Build a variety of learning, entrepreneurship, and income opportunities for under-resourced minority farmers.
  4. Develop venues to sell directly to consumers and increase access to markets for aggregated sales to increase income and opportunity.
  5. Provide mentoring and hands on experience to teens and young adults by offering opportunities to learn, develop, and succeed in living a sustainable agricultural lifestyle.

MDCFWOI encourages anyone interested in participating in our programs to apply. The organization is an equal opportunity employer and training provider.

 

PROGRAMS

Job Training and Placement and Related Assistance Services (funded through the Workforce Investment Act, National Farmworker Jobs Program, Department of Labor)

Delta FarmStart for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (a Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program, funded by National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA)

MDC’s Crossroads Farmers Market (launched with funding from Farmers Market Promotion Program, funded by Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA)

Youth Grower Opportunity and Market Program

Disaster Response and Recovery

Monthly Food Distribution

 

BENEFICIARIES

Beneficiaries of MDCFWOI programs are the low-income farmworkers and independent small farm growers who comprise their client base. Located in the Mississippi Delta, an extremely low-income area where the median household income is $25,586 and personal income per capita is $19,041, and where low supermarket access and food desert, client base is predominantly African-American.

 

STAFF

BOARD

Donald Green – Executive Director

Walter Johnson – Outreach Coordinator

Samuel McCray – Project Coordinator

Ted Winters – Case Manager

Cassandra Ellerson – Senior Accountant

Margaret Cosby – MIS Coordinator

Lydia Rios – Outreach Coordinator

W.J. Jones, Coahoma, MS

Savaniel Moorc, Red Banks, MS

Isiah Winters, Durant, MS

Henry Simpson, Pickens, MS

Pattie Raimey, Red Banks, MS

Rease Lowe, Sardis, MS

Samuel Horton, Grenada, MS

 

FIELD OFFICES

Administrative Office

1005 N. State St., Clarksdale, MS 38614

Disaster Relief, Training, and Food Hub Center

1536 DeSoto Ave., Clarksdale, MS 38614

Greenville Area Office

815 Main St., Greenville, MS 38701

Lexington Area Office

100 Vine St., Greenville, MS 38701

Cleveland Area Office

204 Carpenter St., Cleveland, MS 38732

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