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.
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
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.
- Help farmworkers and low income people in the Delta communities become more financially successful and better able to sustain their economic success over time.
- Train the region’s farmworkers and low-income residents and place them into good jobs.
- Build a variety of learning, entrepreneurship, and income opportunities for under-resourced minority farmers.
- Develop venues to sell directly to consumers and increase access to markets for aggregated sales to increase income and opportunity.
- 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.
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 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.
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
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