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Disabled Veteran Finds Food and Hope at St. Michael's Pantry

Michael Kuykendall, 64, is a disabled Vietnam veteran living with his service dog, Kelo. Recently, caretaker Linda O'H ara escorted him to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, at St. Michael Catholic Church, to help him receive some much-needed food recently. Kuykendall said it has been 10 years since a life-threatening incident altered his life. He was standing under a tree in South Memphis when lightning struck the ground nearby. "There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, March 3, 2020
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MealConnect A New Tool to Get Fresh Prepared Food to Pantries

MealConnect A New Tool to Get Fresh Prepared Food to Pantries Volunteers in the kitchen at St. Vincent DePaul Food Mission were busy organizing and refrige rating 48 large trays filled with cooked food Oct. 21 st , a Monday. The supplemental, prepared food arrived from volunteers who picked up the excess food from the weekend’s two-day Mempho Music Festival at Shelby Farms Park. The food, ranging from fried chicken, to burgers, to bacon, to country ham is “fantastic,”... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Food Pantry Boosts One Client’s Independence, Despite Disability

Using his walker, Rickey Murrell treks several blocks from his home near the University of Memphis to get his rolling basket filled with needed food at the food pantry at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. He lost his sight about 17 years ago, but he’s not lost his laugh, vitality or self-reliance. “It’s part of my routine, coming here,” the 61-year old former landscaper said. “The food is good – I especially like the snacks and meats.” He... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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BackPack Boxes Provide Food, Stress Relief in Orange Mound

Hanley Elementary faculty have long recognized that too many of its students were coming to the Orange Mound area school from homes where food insecurity pervades. The issue was a real-life problem beyond nutrition, affecting students’ inability to focus on studies and creating some behavioral issues in the classroom.  “It really hurt the  staff and me when we would hear a student come to school on Monday saying he or she didn’t get enough to eat over the... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Friday, October 25, 2019
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Retired Couple Helps the Pantry that Helps Them

Flat Rock Food Pantry helps a lot of people Barbara and Randy Lollar know in Benton County, Mississippi. "The food really helps us and other people on fixed incomes," Randy said. The couple – he's 70 and she's 69 – are retired. They moved to Flat Rock three years ago and learned about the Matthew 25/Flat Rock Food Pantry Ministry, which really helped when their daughter and her four children moved in for several months. "The Pantry helped tremendously... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, October 3, 2019
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Donation A Key Assistance for Delta Families

Another August means another substantial food donation from Tyson Foods for struggling households in several Mississippi Delta counties, thanks to coordinated efforts again from Miss. U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson’s office in Washington, D.C. On Aug. 7 th , Tyson truck driver Mendez Arnold wheeled the 18-wheeler full of chicken products – totaling 36,000 lbs.– from Russellville, Ark., onto the Tunica County G W Henderson Senior Rec Center parking lot. It’s... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Dyer County Residents Respond to Help Feed Neighbors

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Tyson Foods, Mid-South Food Bank held, with critical help from volunteers, a Mobile Pantry food distribution on April 29 th in Newbern, Tennessee. Boxes full of fruit, meats, vegetables and bakery items totaling over 10,000 lbs. were provided for residents of Dyer County, including employees of the local Tyson Foods plant. It was the first of monthly distributions for a year. The first one helped 252 households, while the future ones could help up to 300 in a... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, May 2, 2019
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Mobile Pantry Boosts Clients' Help in Fulton, Miss.

When First United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry coordinators in F ulton, Mississippi, were presented with the opportunity to host a Mobile Pantry distribution, they said yes - with smiles. The Partner Agency’s volunteers knew how significant the extra food would mean to the 400 households who arrived early for the distribution on March 22. The food insecurity rate in Itawamba County is 14 percent. Its residents describe the small community as one that’s divided by the... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, April 1, 2019
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Weekend Snackpacks Help Kids in Alcorn County, Miss.

By R.M. Brooks, Chairman, Pinecrest Weekend Snackpacks for Kids One cold January evening inside a church in Alcorn County, Missisippi, near the Tennessee state line where Union soldiers marched for destiny at Shiloh, I drafted a prayerful pledge to do something for others. It was a decision that has drawn many collaborators to the powerful idea of providing food and hope for families. I did n ot know where to start that day eight years ago, but everything just came together quickly.... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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Baptist Hospital's Pilot Feeding Program Targets New Diabetic Patients

In 2016, health officials and pastoral care workers at Baptist Hospital-Desoto collaborated with Mid-South Food Bank to start a food box progam aimed at newly diabetic patients. The goal is to present new patients the appropriate kinds of food and the appropriate servings sizes to combat the health problem. How it Works : This program is made possible by a grant from the Baptist Foundation. Pastoral Car e are working hand-in-hand with Case Managers, Social Workers and Dietitians to... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, January 24, 2019
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