Claudette Jones

  • Stennis Institute of Government And Community Development


Claudette Jones, Research Associate, provides Mississippi communities technical assistance services including independent research/writing on food insecurity, food systems development, local economic/community development, and comprehensive compensation/equity studies. Jones' career spans 38+ years in media, public relations, and marketing as a researcher, small business owner, and staff person. As a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), she has marketed professional services to municipalities, counties, transportation authorities, state and federal agencies. Marketing consulting in several business sectors includes Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Military (U.S. Air Force), Real Estate, and Education, as well as grant-writing in pursuit of public and private funding. Jones holds a MA in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University; a MPPA and GIS certification from Mississippi State University; a MFA from the University of Cincinnati; and a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University.


Community and Economic Development/Planning, Food Justice & Equity

Assemblage, Food Justice, and Intersectionality in Rural Mississippi: 
The Oktibbeha County Food Policy Council.
   Sociology Spectrum. In Review/Revision. (2020)

An Ecological Approach to understanding Program Management Practices in Food Pantries in Rural Communities. 
    Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (2019) 

God Always Provides: Challenges and Barriers in Food Assistance Delivery in Mississippi.
Community Development (2017)

Program Management Practices for Faith-Based Food Pantries in Rural Communities. 
   Journal of Family and Community Ministries (Submitted 2017)
   Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (Submitted 2017) 

(written for distribution to the MS Legislature)…

Food, Glorious Food* (2017) 
Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias: The Likelihood of Caregiving (2017) 
Beyond the Food System— Profiles of Well-Established Self-Reliance* (2017) 
In Praise of Mississippi’s Municipal and County Employees (2016) 
MS Food Resources: Local Food, Hands-on Education & Community Involvement*  (2014)
April 2014 Tornado Recovery in Louisville, Mississippi (2014) 
Post-Katrina Recovery Oral Histories: Gulf Coast  (2009) 
Disaster Recover— An Overview of Mississippi Development Authority Action Plans, Gulf Coast Housing Advocacy, and Volunteer Participation
The Port of the Future: Rebuilding & Rehabilitation of the Port of Mississippi at Gulfport. Unpublished.  (2009)
Cultural Exchange: Education and Economic Development in Mississippi (2008)
The Importance of Keep America Beautiful Affiliation  (2008)
* Stennis Food Economy Technical Brief


Jones continues to collaborate with Limited Resource Farmers and professionals from various disciplines to: 1) implement a comprehensive Mississippi food system linking local food producers, farmers markets, food hubs and value-added food products; 2) establish relationships with large food purchasers’ to facilitate economies of scale; 3) address local hunger and provide access to fresh produce; 4) provide an EBT purchasing mechanism; and 5) create local jobs to keep local money in the local economy. Her work with Mississippi Parchman Prison Production Expansion/Delta Local Food Economic Development includes ongoing research and facilitation addressing state rehabilitation policies for parolees through offender workforce 
re-entry assistance into felon-friendly industries. 

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