While Mid-South Food Bank regularly distributes thousands of pounds of food, including fresh produce, to underserved food insecure areas monthly through its Mobile Pantry Program, it recently held its first distribution in Shelby County.
Collaborating with Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, a Food Bank Partner Agency, about 200 households received boxes of food at the parking lot of the Holy Church of the Resurrection on Nov. 7.
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“We had been in discussions with Catholic Charities for more than a year about holding a Mobile Pantry in the Hickory Hill area of Memphis. Our understanding of the needs in that part of the county combined with the outreach to local families in that church bolstered a desire to offer help,” said Tonya Bradley, vice president of programs for Mid-South Food Bank.
Food distributed included sweet potatoes, rice, bakery items, cucumbers, lettuce, snap beans and assorted meats. The distribution came at a pivotal time with financial cut in SNAP benefits.
Mike Allen, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, described the food distribution process in which about a dozen volunteers packaged and delivered the boxes to recipients without them having to get out of their vehicles, as “exceptionally smooth.
“It is amazing what the partnership of two agencies like Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and Mid-South Food Bank can accomplish by working in tandem,” Allen said.