Seniors in South Memphis get food assistance from Food Bank

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Neighbors of the Ruth Tate Senior Center in South Memphis gathered to receive fresh produce distributed by one of Mid-South Food Bank’s partner agencies. R.D. Miller and Mack Hill were standing outside of their cars, waiting as volunteers assembled bags for them to take home.

R.D. and Mack said they come to the Ruth Tate Center twice a week to receive meals. During the pandemic, the Nutrition on Wheels program, or NOW, is more important than ever before. “It helps us avoid crowds, and it makes food more assessable to us,” Miller said.

Mack told us he gives some of his food away to his fellow senior neighbors that can’t leave home. “I give (food) to folks that I know need it. People that can’t get out.” Mack added that a friend he gives food to has a heart condition, which makes it hard for him to travel around the city

Options for fresh produce in South Memphis are very slim. R.D. told us he also shares the fresh produce he receives through the NOW program with his neighbor’s family.

Mid-South Food Bank is able to provide nutritious foods throughout our community with help from our partner agencies, Feeding America, and generous donors.

With your help, we’re bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to those that need them most.

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