JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Nexstar Media Group, Inc, the parent company of WJTV 12 News, will be observing the 26th anniversary of its founding on Friday, June 17.

Each year as part of their daily service to the community, each station under Nexstar conducts a community service day on the day Nexstar was founded, which was June 17, 1996. The goal of Founder’s Day is to find ways to improve and serve the community.

This year, WJTV 12 News is partnering with the City of Jackson, Stewpot Community Services, and Central Mississippi 500 Continuum of Care Outreach teams to help the homeless in the capital city.

The organizations will be feeding the homeless and passing out backpacks filled with health care supplies. The Jackson Free Clinic will also provide blood pressure and glucose testing, as well as COVID-19 boosters and/or vaccines.

HIV testing, community support, assessments and mental services will also be provided to the homeless. The Outreach team will provide the homeless with intake and help them get immediate housing and supportive services.

Valerie Tucker, deputy director with the Office of Housing and Community Development in Jackson, said the majority of the homeless population are unaware of the services being provided in the communities which is a major problem.

“Today has been very, very successful,” said Tucker. “I feel happy about this event as many individuals was able to get the resources they need.”

The event will be held on Friday, June 17 at the Old Metro Inn on Highway 80 West from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.