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Food Insecurity Expanding; So Is Mid-South Food Bank

F ood insecurity is a pervasive problem that affects people in every Zip code in the 31 counties served by  Mid-South Food Bank . Hunger is entangled with many of our community’s challenges, including poor health, medical costs, and children’s inability to learn. For 36 years, Mid-South Food Bank and our partner agencies have operated with an acute sense of urgency that reflects the immediate needs of children, families and seniors who are hungry and in-need.  ... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, October 2, 2017 | 0 comments
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Served with Care: St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen Doors Open Every Day

Twice a month since 2006, Billy Kelly prepares enough rice and chicken soup in the morning at the Society of St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen to hand 200 cups of it to visitors looking for a hot meal. The retired military man despises the early alarm clock, but volunteering along with others offers tremendous satisfaction, he insists. “I’ve never left here without being on the highest high,” he said.           The soup, along with an apple, chips,... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 0 comments
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Carpenter Leans on Pantry for Help after Fall

Si x months ago, Steve Turner, 54, stumbled off of a ladder leaning high over a roof. His crash injured his lower back which led to medical bills and eventually disability, as he is unable to work as a carpenter. When bills squeezed his finances, getting enough food to eat became the compromise. That’s when his sister told him about how he could receive extra food at Interfaith Food Pantry in Hernando, Mississippi. “I live by myself, and I could see that I was going to need... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 0 comments
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All Peaches! One Company's Testimony Competing in Op Feed

Another Operation Feed is complete! With a little friendly competition, 106 local businesses and organizations became apart of the efforts of the Mid-South Food Bank to feed those in need throug h its annual summer donation drive contest. For several years,  Eyewear Gallery has been an East Memphis drop-off point for donations to Mid-South Food Bank. The outpouring of food donations the past few years have been very successful. This year, Eyewear decided to take the Operation... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | 0 comments
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Collierville’s Summer Harvest Bridges Families’ Needs Over Break

Fo od insecurity is prevalent across 31 Mid-South counties. For every five children in the region, one faces food insecurity. The zip code 38107 includes the town and Memphis suburb of Collierville, and this summer marked the second year that about 20 volunteers from the Junior Auxiliary Club of Collierville have helped sponsor and oversee 10 families, including 34 children receive much-needed food assistance during summer break. It marks the fourth location of Summer Harvest feeding... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, July 24, 2017 | 0 comments
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After the Storm, Grandmother Finds Hope at Disaster Relief Mobile Pantry

Estella Parrish was under severe duress when her utilities went out due to a windstorm on May 27th. It was not just a fully stocked refrigerator of food that she and her disabled husband lost; it was provisions for four grandchildren and one great-grandchild they’re raising since their daughter died two years ago.  “It’s been very hard, a lot of worries and a lot of scrambling,” the Frayser resident said while registering to get  food at the Disaster Relief... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 0 comments
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Veteran: Steady, Healthy Meals Key Part of Healing Process

Th e second time Russell Price, 56, underwent drug rehabilitation through the Veterans Administration, he says it was about accepting “total surrender” to overcoming his addiction. Nearly nine months later, Russell is still sober and straightening out his life, thanks to support and a temporary place to live at Alpha Omega Veterans Services, a charitable organization that helps homeless and distressed military veterans reintegrate back into society. His road to recovery includes... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Friday, May 26, 2017 | 0 comments
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Food Choice Brings Dignity to Food Assistance

by Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RDN, FAND Everyday we make choices. Today, I had the privilege to buy hearty whole wheat bread over a cheaper white loaf of bread. Last night, my children decided between broccoli and asparagus. The opportunity to make decisions is deep-rooted in our daily activity. Unfortunately, many individuals may not appreciate the privilege of choice; making it difficult to empathize with people who experience hardships such as hunger. There are 13.1 million children... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 0 comments
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Efforts to Feed Neighbors Interlocks One Town’s Residents

In one small, sleepy town just south of Tupelo, Miss., neighbors are working together to help their neighbors facing food insecurity in Monroe County, population 36,000. Every third Saturday of the month, in the middle of town, over 600 households receive food from t he Nettleton F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry, getting help from almost 100 volunteers packing and distributing boxes of food. “The food distribution is the biggest activity in Nettleton. Everybody knows about it and many people... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 0 comments
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For Over Two Decades, Pantry Volunteer Offers Steady Help

For over 20 years every Tuesday, 82-year-old Lee James fills grocery sacks with essential food items for hungry families. “I enjoy it. I’m retired and it’s a way to give back to the community,” he said about volunteering. T he food pantry at Greenwood C.M.E. in inner city Memphis helps feed about 10 different households every week one week’s worth of food. Many clients are senior citizens, but some are single parents referred to the pantry by MIFA. Raised... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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