Food insecurity and hunger are severe problems in Mississippi. "Food insecurity" is a phrase used by the U.S. Census Bureau when surveying households on whether they have enough or can afford enough food. If the household does not have sufficient food to meet the basic nutritional needs of its members, the household is considered food insecure. The national average for food insecurity in 2012 was 14.5%. According to the Feeding America Organization, Mississippi has the highest food insecurity rate in the nation at 20.9%.
In an effort to combat this problem, MGM Resorts International’s three regional properties recently participated in a charitable battle for the most non-perishable food items collected. The 2014 Regional Food Fight between Beau Rivage, Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica and MGM Grand Detroit was established to replenish food pantry shelves in all three locations. Beau Rivage asks the public to join in the fight by donating non-perishable food items and dropping them off at Loaves and Fishes.