Hey there, catfish enthusiasts! August is not just another month—it's National Catfish Month, a time to savor and celebrate the deliciousness of our favorite Southern delicacy. But in addition to the month’s festivities, there’s also a tale beyond the taste. Did you know that Simmons Farm Raised Catfish goes beyond the plate to give back to the community? As this month of catfish celebrations winds down, we'd like to tell you about some of the ways in which we’re working to make a difference year-round.
Feeding the Heart and Soul
Simmons Farm Raised Catfish isn't just about providing mouthwatering meals; we're also committed to feeding the hearts and souls of those in need. Each month, Simmons donates fresh catfish to The Stewpot in Jackson, MS. The Stewpot serves wholesome meals to the homeless, warming not just their stomachs but also their spirits. It's a simple act of kindness that can make a world of difference.
Supporting Culinary Heritage
As a proud sponsor of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), Simmons Farm Raised Catfish is at the forefront of preserving and celebrating the rich culinary heritage of the South. The SFA brings oral histories, films, podcasts, and amazing writing to the table, all made possible through donations and memberships. Simmons not only donates catfish for the SFA's annual symposium but also contributes to their mission of documenting and exploring the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.
Nurturing Art and Culture
Simmons Farm Raised Catfish doesn't just tantalize taste buds; we nurture artistic and cultural endeavors. Through our support of events like the Sipp And Savor event in Meridian, MS, benefiting The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience, Simmons champions Mississippi's artistic legacy. This dynamic showcase honors legends in arts and entertainment while inspiring future generations of artists.
Empowering Future Leaders
Simmons Farm Raised Catfish believes in investing in the leaders of tomorrow. The annual Miss Catfish Pageant reflects this commitment. Simmons not only donates to the pageant but also sponsors a contestant. This lucky contestant wins a scholarship and represents the catfish industry at various events throughout the year.
Simmons Farm Raised Catfish is also a proud supporter of the World Catfish Festival in Belzoni, where the pageant is held. This amazing festival brings together over 10,000 people from across the globe every year to celebrate Southern food, arts, and entertainment.
From Mississippi to D.C.: Uniting Hearts Through Catfish
Simmons participates in the Mississippi On The Mall event annually in Washington, D.C. This special occasion brings together Mississippians living in the capital. For the event, Simmons donates fresh catfish that's served to hundreds of guests, creating a taste of home for Mississippians far from their roots.
Leading the Industry
When it comes to leadership, Simmons Farm Raised Catfish walks the talk. Andy Prosser, the operations manager at Simmons Catfish, proudly serves as the President of The Catfish Farmers of America. And Harry Simmons, the president of Simmons Catfish, takes the role of Chairman of The Catfish Institute. It's another way we honor our commitment to our industry's growth and well-being.
Irresistible Offer Alert!
We're also giving a little something back to you right now! Our 15 lb box of Catfish Fillet Bites is on sale for $48.15 (including tax) and this offer will continue while supplies last. Our Sale Price is available in our Webstore and at the counter in our plant office! It's your perfect opportunity to stock up on these delightful bites of catfish goodness.
So, as this month's catfish celebrations come to a close, remember that each bite signifies more than just a meal — it embodies Simmons Farm Raised Catfish's commitment to giving back and making a positive impact. Join us in raising our forks to our partners and their mouthwatering initiatives which we are honored to support. Happy National Catfish Month!