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Edmundite Missions Enterprises

Creation date: 2017

Country: USA

Location: Selma

Sector of activity: Food and drinks · Hotels, catering and tourism

Social issue: Education (access to education and skills) · Other

Edmundite Missions Enterprises is an initiative of the Edmundite Mission, a Catholic, non-profit organization with roots in Selma, and the biggest provider of food, clothing, and social services in Alabama's Black Belt. Providing food to those in need is the organization's primary mission. Currently it serves 1,000 meals at its dining service and distributes another 225 meals daily to people without resources who live confined to their homes. “With Enterprises, we will serve the poor, providing solutions so that they can be self-sufficient.” explains Joseph O’Quinn, director of operations for the organization. “We make food for everyone and we train them with job skills that are most in demand and lead economic development in the poorest areas in the nation.”

The objective of this initiative is to empower a deeply impoverished community through social entrepreneurship. “There aren't examples of this type of enterprise being used to solve the poverty crisis in rural areas of the Uniteds States.” says O’Quinn. “Our success could help create a model to help organizations fight rural poverty by diversifying their revenue sources while helping to revitalize the economy.”

Its future plans span continued growth, a continuing positive impact, and creating full-time employment. “To date, we have been able to create full-time employment, which has had a domino effect on families and the community. More work brings more clients to the road of self-sufficiency.”