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Resource: Network Structure: Articles of Incorporation for Delta Fresh Foods Inititiative

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Every networks develops differently for a variety of factors- member demographics, size, focus area, community culture, etc. Choosing the structure of the network was a different process and outcome for all three regional networks in the Building Community Power project. After building a three-year track record of healthy organizational and project management, the board of the Delta Fresh Foods Initiative chose to officially incorporate as a non-profit entity in order to build their capacity to directly access funding opportunities. Working with a pro-bono legal clinic connected through a relationship with the University of Mississippi, DFFI received their 501(c)3 designation from the IRS in 2013.