Grant helps Mission toward next step

Supporters and board members of The Mission with the $8,500 the organization received from the 4-County Foundation.

The Mission, the year-old faith-based Clay County group offering spiritual assistance to those battling a variety of issues, gets help toward its next project.

The 4-County Electric Foundation has awarded $8,500 to the group for food pantry equipment. The organization, which bought the two major administrative buildings and seven acres of the former Bryan Foods property overlooking Church Hill Road, hopes to turn part of one of the buildings into a food pantry.

Classrooms, skills training and job search resources and other services also are on the group's program wish-list.

The $8,500 is among four awards totaling $20,000 the Foundation distributed this week.

Others went to:

• $1,500 to Friends of Noxubee Refuge for volunteer services;

• $2,500 to the Mississippi State University Police Department for body camera equipment;

• $7,500 to the Town of Maben for a children’s playground.

The program is funded by money 4-County customers round up on their utility bills. Since its inception in February 2015, it's donated about $580,000 to more than 100 organizations in its service area.