HATTIESBURG, MS: Extra Table is taking football to the food bank with a fall giving campaign, the TACKLE HUNGER GIVING CHALLENGE, brought to you by the title sponsor, The First Bank.

Extra Table is the partnership, launched in 2009 by well-known restaurateur Robert St. John, making a difference in the lives of Mississippians by fundraising in order to stock food pantries and soup kitchens across the state with wholesome, nutritious food.

Extra Table has formed a team of businessmen willing to take on a challenge in order to tackle hunger. This group of distinguished men are working together through the REAL MEN TACKLE HUNGER initiative to raise awareness about hunger in Mississippi and funds ensuring Extra Table’s ability to provide healthy food to its over 50 partner soup kitchens and food pantries on a monthly basis.

This fall is going to look very different. On Thanksgiving Day, as many of us sit down with our families to tables full of food, thousands of Mississippians will remain hungry. Canned food and turkey drives may be few and far between. The REAL MEN TACKLE HUNGER campaign will ensure our hungry neighbors have food this fall and into 2021.


Extra Table Board President, David Fortenberry, is one of the almost twenty men that accepted the challenge to be a part of the REAL MEN TACKLE HUNGER team.

“REAL MEN TACKLE HUNGER is a great way for me to get involved and directly make a difference by feeding those hungry in Mississippi,” Fortenberry stated proudly. “REAL MEN TACKLE HUNGER is a platform where I can educate my friends and family about the staggering statistics that is hunger in Mississippi and ask others to make a donation towards Extra Table’s feeding efforts. At Extra Table, one dollar purchases 5.9 healthy meals- that’s unbelievable!”

The REAL MEN TACKLE HUNGER campaign makes it easy for you to financially support Extra Table’s feeding efforts. Simply visit the website: www.TackleHungerTogether.com, click on donate to REAL MEN TACKLE HUNGER, scroll through the list of men participating in the campaign and choose one individual to make your donation in honor of.

Fortenberry added, “Any donation, big or small, makes a positive impact towards the fight against hunger. Asking someone to make a donation to Extra Table is easy to do when you know 100% of the money donated to this campaign is going to purchase food and feed so many individuals and families who need extra support this holiday season.”

To learn more about the efficient and effective way Extra Table works to feed our hungry neighbors or the TACKLE HUNGER GIVING CHALLENGE, visit www.ExtraTable.org or call 601-264-0672. Extra Table is always looking to grow and increase their abilities to feed more people. Supportive donors are needed to ensure continued growth, visit www.ExtraTable.org/donate to become a partner in tackling hunger.

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Team Roster:

Michael Addison, Ross and Yerger

Chase Blankenship, The First Bank, ANBA

Billy Brunt, The First Bank, ANBA

Henry C. Clay III, State Farm Insurance

Rick Cleveland, Mississippi Today

Charles Dawe, Keller Williams Elite

Michael Duncan, CHOW Purchasing

Justin Esser, CHOW Purchasing

Warren Flynt, Raymond James

David Fortenberry, BXS Insurance

Michael Harvey, Mississippi Power

Jaime Jimenez, Southern Eye Center

J Terrel May, Extra Table Board Member Emeritus

Matthew Perez, The First Bank, ANBA

Larry Ratzlaff, Origin Bank

John Rester, Extra Table Board Member

Robert St. John, Extra Table Founder

Jonathan Strickler, The First Bank, ANBA

Scot Thigpen, The Thigpen Group

Anthony Wilson, Mississippi Power

Richard Williams, The First Bank, ANBA

Greg Word, Vision First Advisors