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Donation Collaboration Feeds Vets for Thanksgiving

For Jeff Park’s second time in two years to receive a Thanksgiving meal from a donation event outside the Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane, he brought two friends who know one another from the Veterans Administration Hospital. The men , along with another 1,000 local veterans identified by  Alpha Omega Veterans Services and social services via the City of Memphis, benefitted from the distribution of bags of groceries from Kroger and hams from Smithfield Foods. Along with Billy... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, November 15, 2018

Samaritans Provide Food, Other Aid for People to Find Their Way

At Samaritans food pantry in Horn Lake, Miss., the 25-year old Mid-South Food Bank Partner Agency serves an average of 150 households every month. Executive Directo r Ed Flynn says the pantry’s operations continue to hinge on strong community support, including assistance from United Way, the Horn Lake, Miss. Chamber of Commerce and an array of churches and individuals. Sixteen volunteers manage the facility, located near Interstate 55. They order about 1,000 lbs. of food from... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, November 12, 2018

Second Healthy School Pantry Opens at Carver

In partnership with Mid-South Food Bank, a Healthy School Pantry opened its doors last week on the campus of a Shelb y County Schools alternative school. The pantry is inside a former ROTC building at George Washington Carver College and Career Academy. “The only meals some of our students get are breakfast from us and also lunch. Besides that, a lot of our students aren’t eating at home,” said  Carver Principal Dr. James Suggs. Twice a month, the pantry will help feed... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Friday, September 21, 2018

Study: Mississippi’s Food Hardship Ranked Highest in Nation

by  JACKIE MADER, THE HECHINGER REPORT More than a quarter of families with kids experience food shortages In a 12-month period in 2016-17, more than one of every four Mississippi households with children — 25.8 percent —  lacked enough money to buy the food they needed , according to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center. That rate is the highest of any state in the nation, and over 7 percentage points higher than the 2017 national average. At... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Feeding Kids A Key Component in Memphis Athletic Ministries Programs

Memphis Athletic Ministries’ work to help children facing fewer community resources be shaped into healthy, fruitful adults is multi-facet. The not-for-profit Christian organization, which touches t he lives of 750 children year-round, offers after-school sports, literacy, counseling and career preparation, and altogether, are critical aspects that fall into a MAM core value of holistic development. Kids who attend any of MAM’s seven area sites are present from about 3 p.m. until... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, July 30, 2018

Help Repair Summer Break

Vacation sojourns, swim parties and baseball games are predictably on the minds of families when school is out for the summer. But, conversely and sadly, the dog days of summer account for the hardest time of the entire year for many families. Nearly 21.5 million kids in the U.S. are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, yet according to the Food Research Action Center, only 1 in 6 of them receives that benefit over summer break. In the Mid-South, one in every five children –... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, June 21, 2018

Senior Hunger Underscored During Older Americans Month

 O n a sunny day in May, Paulette Pegues picks up her mother, Frances Pittman, 80, at her home three blocks away. They make the short drive to the parking lot at Unity Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Jackson, Tenn., where volunteers provide food designed for good health that will last them nearly two weeks.  This Mobile Pantry from Mid-South Food Bank is held at Unity Temple once a month, thanks to sponsorship by United Healthcare. “The food is amazing. It’s a big help, and... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, May 3, 2018

Report: Upward Trend in Child Obesity Levels

A newly released multi-year study on childhood obesity rates published in Pediatrics  reveals that despite a previous trend shown in studies that the problem was improving, its trajectory has reversed course. In 2015-2016, almost 14 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds were mildly obese. That statistic is up from 9 percent in 2013-2014. While childhood obesity is typically a precursor to long-term health problems, and most commonly diabetes, obesity is often a sign of food insecurity. ... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, February 27, 2018

White House Wants to Deliver Food to the Poor

From wreg.com Kevin Gallagher knows what it`s like to rely on SNAP food benefits. “After a brain tumor, I wasn’t able to work. I had to do that for me and my kids,” he said. He used them to ge t through a tough time, and he’s not alone. According to the Department of Human Services, more than 200,000 people in Shelby County rely on SNAP to afford food. But soon that could change based on President Donald Trump’s latest budget proposal to cut the... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feeding Neighbors a Tie that Binds

When Boyd Armstrong’s friend needed recovery from a serious automobile accident about three months ago, she mentioned to him how she would be unable to receive monthly food assistance at the local pantry at First United Methodist Church in Baldwyn, Miss. She knew, he intimated, that he could use some help just like her too. “Soon I was able to get help, after I signed up, for me, and I needed it,” he said. “I had got low on food.” Armstrong, who sports... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, November 6, 2017