Food Insecurity Expanding; So Is Mid-South Food Bank -

Food Insecurity Expanding; So Is Mid-South Food Bank

Food 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. 

Today, more than 270 nonprofit organizations and churches provide food to more than 200,000 people who face the uncertainty of having enough nutritious food on any given day through programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, youth programs and shelters. 

The fact is there are nearly 405,000 food insecure people in the Mid-South. More must be done, can be done and will be done. 

Unfortunately, our receiving and distribution warehouses are no longer adequate and able to meet the scope of this urgent need. 

That's why we have acquired a warehouse that will nearly double our space. Our new consolidated distribution center at 3865 Perkins will have 156,500 square feet, with room for 70,000 more. Our current space on S. Dudley has 84,000. Join us for our construction kickoff from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday.

Consolidating into one smarter, faster, and more economical space will allow us to provide more fresh produce and frozen food, establish a space for volunteers to repack bulk items into smaller units, and better serve our food insecure neighbors.

Facilities committee chairman Rod Halsell, senior vice president at AutoZone, is leading the process. The Food Bank's board approved the project and "Hunger to Hope" capital campaign in December 2015.

Local and regional corporate partners and friends of Mid-South Food Bank recognized the need and have contributed. To date we have raised more $10.5 million towards the $12.5 million goal. We just began the public campaign to raise the last $2 million needed to complete the project. 

Like our efforts to provide food to our hungry neighbors, this campaign has a sense of urgency. In addition to the lack of ability to serve all those in need, we are spending approximately $1,000 per day trying to make our current sub-standard facilities efficient and food grade.

That is equal to more than one million meals lost each year. The sooner we can begin construction on the new facility to accommodate all of our operations, the better. Working together we can solve hunger in the Mid-South. 

Learn more about the Hunger to Hope Capital Campaign and how you can be a part of the future of solving food insecurity by clicking here.

Estella Mayhue-Greer is president and CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank. 

Posted by Andrew Bell at 9:57 AM
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