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Deer Hunting Season Brings More Food For Needy Through TWF Program

BY MICHAEL WADDELL, Special to The Daily News

For Melvin Williams, chef at Alpha Omega Veteran’s Services, receiving venison donated by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is a special treat each hunting season. He uses the venison to prepare a variety of savory meals for hungry mouths

Matt Simcox, statewide manager of Hunters for the Hungry, says growth in the program has brought unsolicited donations, which are necessary to pay deer processing fees. (Tennessee Wildlife Federation)

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New tax bill expected to scale up food bank donations

Kevin McKenzie, of The Commercial Appeal

Food banks in Memphis and America expect an infusion of fresh food following the $1.1 trillion spending and tax bill that President Barack Obama recently signed into law.

The bill includes a provision that officials say will encourage farmers to donate more fresh produce. Read story here


Hundreds take advantage of free health fair

Kayleigh Skinner, The Commercial Appeal
Many who attended were also there to visit the 'mobile pantry' hosted by the Mid-South Food Bank. Prescreened families took home a week's worth of rice, strawberries, red apples, lettuce, various meats and one sweet, such as cake. The food bank had enough supplies for roughly 500 families, said Andrew Bell, marketing manager.

'This area is a food desert, and there is a huge need in this particular ZIP code especially,' said Peder Brue, chief operations officer of the food bank. Read story here

State officials pack food for Tennessee’s five food banks

Richard Locker, of The Commercial Appeal

"Hunger in Tennessee — hunger in America, but hunger in Tennessee and hunger in Shelby County — is inexcusable," Senate Marjority Leader Mark Norris said. "It's a major problem. It's over 20 percent in Shelby County alone. They call it food insecurity, but I don't mince words: It's hunger. We can't abide that in Tennessee, and so we're trying to help people help themselves." Read story here

Mid-South Food Bank Receives Donation From Archer Daniels Midland

June 28, 2016 The Mid-South Food Bank has received a $5,500 donation from Archer Daniels Midland, money that will go toward distributing high-nutrition food through the Food Bank’s network of partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide food for those in need.

The donation was given through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in Archer Daniels Midland communities, and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.

The Mid-South Food Bank supplies food and other grocery items to charitable feeding programs in 31 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and eastern Arkansas.

Mid-South Food Bank Increasing Reach With Food Insecurity 

Organization is focusing more on nutrition.

by ALEXANDRA PUSATERI with the memphis flyer

With the holiday season well underway, donating to local food banks is on the minds of many. But the Mid-South Food Bank might not need your unwanted cans of syrupy fruit, sugary sodas, or bags of potato chips. That's because the food bank has set a new challenge of not just assisting those who are hungry for food, but also those who are hungry for nutrition. Read story here