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After the Storm, Grandmother Finds Relief 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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Calling All Businesses/Organizations: Operation Feed 2017 Wants You

Operation Feed begins M ay 15. It is the most productive, critical food/funds drive of the year for feeding households in need. For the past 20 years, Operation Feed has yielded millions of meals collectively during the summer time when food insecurity is high because schools close so kids don't have access to free breakfast and lunch. In short, Op Feed involves encouraging places of business and organizations, including churches, to conduct their own workplace donation drives.... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, May 8, 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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Study: Increased Food Benefits for Poor Could Reduce ER Visits

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A University of Missouri study has found that an increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits can reduce emergency room visits for hypoglycemia. S NAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, reduced the incidence of extreme poverty by 13.2 percent and childhood poverty by 15.5 percent between 2000 and 2009. In 2014, SNAP provided $70 billion in nutrition support benefits to 46.5 million families and children in 22.7 million American households. ... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Friday, February 24, 2017 | 0 comments
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In Alcorn County, Providing Food Integral to Community Outreach

Not having much income has taught Mary Crum, 73, and her daughter, Sherry Hensley, 57, one constant about surviving from one month to the next. “If we don’t really need it, we don’t buy it,” said Mary about purchasing groceries. The two gratefully visited the Church of the Crossroads in Corinth, Miss., on Feb. 3 to pick up an additional week’s worth of food from a Mobile Pantry. Both have been coming to get help at the church’s pantry for several years... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Friday, February 10, 2017 | 0 comments
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At Brinkley Heights Ministry: Building Relationships A Key to Helping Clients in Need

Before volunteers offer food, clothes and other provisions to visitors to the Brinkley Heights Ministry Center, they get to know who they are helping. “We meet one on one for counseling before they get supplies. This is intentional and builds relationships, and that helps us help them,” said volunteer Tom Stephenson. Director Sam Wilson said the pantry feeds an average of 45 families weekly. Started and operated through Brinkley Heights Baptist Church in North Memphis, it is... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 0 comments
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When Paying the Rent Means Going Hungry

By AIMEE PICCHI MONEYWATCH It is a sign of the uneven economic terrain impeding the recovery: Although U.S. consumer  confidence is at its highest level  in 15 years, a combination of stagnant wages and surging housing costs are leaving millions of people scrambling to afford food.  Forty-one percent of cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors reported an increase in demand for emergency food assistance. More than half of the Americans applying for... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 0 comments
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