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EXPERIENCE THERIZO FOUNDATION

Working Towards Food Security

 
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THERIZO FOUNDATION AT A GLANCE

Therizo (Ther-id’-zo) is Greek meaning to reap, harvest. Therizo Foundation, a non-profit public charity, is aimed to improving food security for all Mississippians. We are working across the state, developing and supporting programs addressing the root causes and effects of food insecurity.

 
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Your support helps us protect and strengthen nutrition programs that reduce hunger and improve the health and wellbeing of Mississippians across the state.

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NEWS

Our media database includes the latest news footage and archives of past Therizo Foundation articles. Check out some of our featured articles below and learn more about our efforts.

THERIZO PARTNER, DOUBLE UP MISSISSIPPI RECEIVES A $5 MILLION GRANT TO ADDRESS CRITICAL FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY NEEDS IN MISSISSIPPI

August 30, 2021

Therizo Foundation would like to congratulate our partner, Double Up Mississippi on this great news! Congrats, to Jackson Medical Mall Foundation's Double Up Food Bucks program!

CAPACITY BUILDING AND INNOVATION FUND GRANT

November 18, 2020

Therizo Foundation secured a $50,000 Capacity Building and Innovation Fund Grant from the GusNIP NTAE Center that helps nutrition incentive and produce prescription projects strengthen impact and sustainability in high-need communities.  This funding incorporated with future donations, Therizo Foundation will purchase a vehicle with the ability to deliver groceries to hard to reach Mississippi communities while dually serving as a mobile produce unit.

GROW THE GOOD

October 16, 2020

Along with Together for Hope and the Therizo Foundation, the American Heart Association is excited to announce our new statewide campaign, Grow the Good, to urge lawmakers to fund SNAP healthy food incentive programs.

 

OUR STORY

Therizo Foundation: Battling Food Insecurity One Apple at a Time

Therizo Foundation’s CEO/President/Founder is Erin W. Smith, LMSW. Since 2015, Erin has been working to fight against food insecurity matters across the state of Mississippi. She managed a statewide USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Project 2015 to July 2019. This FINI grant project included both a nutritional incentive program and a produce prescription program. This fresh fruit and vegetable incentive and food prescription program was groundbreaking and was the first of its kind in Mississippi. Once the grant project ended, through partnership with USDA, Fair Food Network and the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation (JMMF), Erin developed and created the Double Up Food Bucks Mississippi program now being implemented through JMMF as a USDA Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Large Scale Grantee (USDA Announcement). In addition to her Double-Up duties, she has established a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, Therizo Foundation.

Therizo Foundation’s corporate purposes and powers is to develop fresh fruit and vegetable incentive redemption systems supported by grocers, farmers markets and other vendors; increase fresh fruit and vegetable incentive redemption system participation by low-income and elderly households; increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption by low-income and elderly participants; strengthen the impact of the fresh fruit and vegetable incentive redemption system among participants by providing additional nutrition education programs; and promote the interest, welfare and success of the fresh fruit and vegetable incentive redemption system.

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