Who We Are And Who We Serve
Migrant Farmworkers Project (MFP) is a project of Legal Aid of Western Missouri and is based in Kansas City. MFP has been serving and empowering Missouri's farmworkers -specifically those in Lafayette County and the southeast "Bootheel" region of Missouri - since 1984. MFP's staff meet with migrant farmworkers when they first arrive at the orchards in late summer to determine their eligibility for public benefits, for medical and dental services, and to complete school enrollment forms. From then until workers migrate elsewhere, MFP seeks to meet critical needs and assist with a variety of health and other issues. For those families that settle in the area, ongoing assistance is provided.
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger Update
MFP is honored and excited to be one of 8 organizations selected nationwide in a groundbreaking national initiative, Setting the Table: Fighting Hunger in Rural and Remote Communities. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger launched this capacity-building initiative to help rural hunger organizations develop and sustain high-impact programs, build strategies for resiliency and effectiveness, and flourish in efforts to create hunger-free communities. The project recognizes that rural communities face unique challenges in their ability to address food insecurity and healthy food access and that hunger and poverty are more prevalent in rural America. MFP hosted two representatives from MAZON in October 2012, during the fall apple season. MFP staff will continue to partner with MAZON on this important project in 2013.
MFP Congratulates 2013 Graduates
Manuel Hernandez, Abby Gonzalez and Alex Gonzalez graduated high school in May 2013. Manuel is now studying at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Ks; Abby and Alex are at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. All three received college scholarships and are able to use their A+ credits from their high school leadership program to help with college costs.
Mission and Vision
No human being is illegal. Migrant farmworkers, like others, have fundamental rights to healthcare, education, and meaningful participation in society. MFP serves, accompanies, and advocates for these unique and often marginalized people.
Recent News: Suzanne Gladney Honored on KCPT's THE LOCAL SHOW
In conjunction with the airing of its special documentary, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, KCPT invited the public to nominate groundbreaking women who have sparked change in our own local community. THE LOCAL SHOW, Producer Pam James introduced viewers to the three inspiring women, including Suzanne, who were chosen through the votes, and looked at the difference they have made to our metropolitan area. Suzanne was recognized for her over 30 years of work with migrant farmworkers and immigrants in the KC region. Please watch the show here.
Two Upcoming Fundraisers:
10,000 Villages in Overland Park, KS will again host MFP for our annual fundraiser. Please mark your calendars now for this shopping event Sunday, December 8th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m, during which 15% of all sales will be donated to MFP.
Peace Church invites you and your friends for a First Friday celebration in the Crossroads on Friday Oct. 4th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at 1801 McGee in Kansas City, Mo. Music by Eli Chamberlain & Alex Holsinger, art for sale, Cuban Food, pastries and fair trade coffee for purchase. Free admission. Proceeds go to MFP.