The students of the Communities and Organizations class of the Mississippi State University Social Work Program hosts the 2017 Poverty Summit entitled “Breaking the Chains: A Summit Addressing Poverty and Food Insecurity in Mississippi," on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Bost Theater at Mississippi State University. Mississippi in one of the most impoverished States in the United States, with 246,000 children in Mississippi are living in poverty. Starkville is the 13th most populated city in Mississippi with a poverty level of almost 40%. As social workers, we advocate for social justice for citizens living in poverty, suffering through food insecurity and surviving despite challenges by income inequality. The keynote speakers for the event is Andy Lemmon, Department of Health and Wellness, and the Regional Coordinator for the Society of St. Andrew-Gleaning Network in Mississippi & Arkansas. Also, in attendance, will be Kierre Rimmer, CEO/Founder of Forever Lifting Youth, Inc.