Nissan North America’s Canton assembly plant has brought thousands of jobs to Mississippi. Over the years, the automaker has also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-hunger efforts across the state — and now it’s doubling those contributions to fight growing food insecurity.
Nissan’s increased assistance to Mississippi Food Network and Our Daily Bread food banks will allow these organizations to serve an extra 200,000 meals to community members in need.
Since these partnerships began, Nissan has given more than $311,000 to fight hunger in Mississippi. Canton plant employees have also spent many hours volunteering at food banks around the state.
“There is a saying that every cloud has a silver lining, and if there is a silver lining to the COVID pandemic cloud that is overshadowing us, it is how graciously those who are able, like Nissan, have responded with their financial gifts to help support the increased demand for food this unprecedented health crisis is causing,” said Dr. Charles Beady, the CEO of Mississippi Food Network.
Nissan’s hunger-fighting efforts don’t stop at the state border. The automaker is also increasing its contributions to Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee, a food bank that serves thousands of our neighbors to the north.
Here at James Ceranti Nissan in Greenville, we’re proud of how our parent company has stepped up to increase its support for food banks — and ensure that Mississippi residents get the nutrition they need.
American agriculture is a fascinating enterprise, making up a huge part of our economy and job market. The Mississippi cotton and agriculture industry is massive, and for those interested in it, the many conservation centers, farms, and research centers in the Washington County area are the perfect road trip destination this summer.
The Delta Conservation and Demonstration Center in Metcalfe, for example, teaches visitors about local conservation practices, see antique farming equipment, and even enjoy bird watching. The Jamie Whitten Delta State Research Center and the Stoneville Research Center both focus on developing technology to increase the efficiency of farming and offer tours of their facilities.
Catfish is a huge part of Mississippi agriculture, and you can tour Lauren Farms to see how these fish are raised. Little Bales of Cotton, a store in Stoneville, makes novelty items out of cotton. For a more complete look into the agriculture industry of the area, check out the Washington County Farm Tours.
The Washington County area is unique for its climate and major agricultural enterprises, making it a perfect vacation locale for the farming enthusiast or farming families. We hope to see you here soon!
If you’re going to be in West Mississippi with your kids this summer, there are tons of family friendly events in Greenville you won’t want to miss. From paintball to bowling to Kermit the Frog, Greenville has something everyone can enjoy.
Muppets creator Jim Henson was born here in Greenville, and the city has built a permanent exhibit in Henson’s honor, which also doubles as the Washington County Welcome Center. This is a perfect stop for young kids.
Older children who like animals and the outdoors have lots of options—there’s the Winterville Indian Mounds, Oliver Alpaca Farm, the Delta Paintball Park, and more. If your family’s into cars, on the other hand, visit the Black Bayou Motor Speedway and Greenville Speedway Racing and catch a few races.
Of course, there are plenty of everyday activities to do in Greenville—Riverbelle Lanes offers bowling and other family activities, and the Nelco Movie Theater and Diamond Jim’s Arcade both have great options for families.
Whether you’re a resident of Washington County or you’re just passing through, summer in Greenville is a great time for families, so drop in on some of our city’s many exciting events!
The second annual Delta Dragon Boat Festival took place last weekend, July 31 through August 1, at Lake Ferguson in Greenville, Mississippi, and just like last year it was a big hit! Lots of locals came out to enjoy the festival and watch the race.
Dragon boat racing has a long history in Chinese culture, and the Delta Festival celebrates this tradition and its Western modernization as an athletic competition. There are 22 team members per boat, and the race requires cooperation and teamwork.
The festival started Friday evening with a Chinese Gala featuring Chinese cultural entertainment and food prepared by a local chef. Last year’s race winners, as well as the winners of the Children’s Pageant, were celebrated in the Dragon Parade, which took place first thing Saturday morning.
The bulk of the event took place Saturday, with booths set up for food vendors and free entertainment like face painting, while the race was going on. It was a great family event, and we hope it will be around next year! If you’re looking for more fun events to check out in the Greenville, MS area, feel free to stop by James Ceranti Nissan and we will give you the low down!