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Help Repair Summer Break

Vacation sojourns, swim parties and baseball games are predictably on the minds of families when school is out for the summer. But, conversely and sadly, the dog days of summer account for the hardest time of the entire year for many families. Nearly 21.5 million kids in the U.S. are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, yet according to the Food Research Action Center, only 1 in 6 of them receives that benefit over summer break. In the Mid-South, one in every five children –... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Senior Hunger Underscored During Older Americans Month

 O n a sunny day in May, Paulette Pegues picks up her mother, Frances Pittman, 80, at her home three blocks away. They make the short drive to the parking lot at Unity Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Jackson, Tenn., where volunteers provide food designed for good health that will last them nearly two weeks.  This Mobile Pantry from Mid-South Food Bank is held at Unity Temple once a month, thanks to sponsorship by United Healthcare. “The food is amazing. It’s a big help, and... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Thursday, May 3, 2018
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Report: Upward Trend in Child Obesity Levels

A newly released multi-year study on childhood obesity rates published in Pediatrics  reveals that despite a previous trend shown in studies that the problem was improving, its trajectory has reversed course. In 2015-2016, almost 14 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds were mildly obese. That statistic is up from 9 percent in 2013-2014. While childhood obesity is typically a precursor to long-term health problems, and most commonly diabetes, obesity is often a sign of food insecurity. ... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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White House Wants to Deliver Food to the Poor

From wreg.com Kevin Gallagher knows what it`s like to rely on SNAP food benefits. “After a brain tumor, I wasn’t able to work. I had to do that for me and my kids,” he said. He used them to ge t through a tough time, and he’s not alone. According to the Department of Human Services, more than 200,000 people in Shelby County rely on SNAP to afford food. But soon that could change based on President Donald Trump’s latest budget proposal to cut the... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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Feeding Neighbors a Tie that Binds

When Boyd Armstrong’s friend needed recovery from a serious automobile accident about three months ago, she mentioned to him how she would be unable to receive monthly food assistance at the local pantry at First United Methodist Church in Baldwyn, Miss. She knew, he intimated, that he could use some help just like her too. “Soon I was able to get help, after I signed up, for me, and I needed it,” he said. “I had got low on food.” Armstrong, who sports... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, November 6, 2017
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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 . H unger 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.  ... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, October 2, 2017
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Served with Care: St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen Doors Open Every Day

Twice a month since 2006, Billy Kelly prepares enough rice and chicken soup in the morning at the Society of St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen to hand 200 cups of it to visitors looking for a hot meal. The retired military man despises the early alarm clock, but volunteering along with others offers tremendous satisfaction, he insists. “I’ve never left here without being on the highest high,” he said.           The soup, along with an apple, chips,... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Carpenter Leans on Pantry for Help after Fall

Si x months ago, Steve Turner, 54, stumbled off of a ladder leaning high over a roof. His crash injured his lower back which led to medical bills and eventually disability, as he is unable to work as a carpenter. When bills squeezed his finances, getting enough food to eat became the compromise. That’s when his sister told him about how he could receive extra food at Interfaith Food Pantry in Hernando, Mississippi. “I live by myself, and I could see that I was going to need... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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All Peaches! One Company's Testimony Competing in Op Feed

Another Operation Feed is complete! With a little friendly competition, 106 local businesses and organizations became apart of the efforts of the Mid-South Food Bank to feed those in need throug h its annual summer donation drive contest. For several years,  Eyewear Gallery has been an East Memphis drop-off point for donations to Mid-South Food Bank. The outpouring of food donations the past few years have been very successful. This year, Eyewear decided to take the Operation... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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Collierville’s Summer Harvest Bridges Families’ Needs Over Break

Fo od insecurity is prevalent across 31 Mid-South counties. For every five children in the region, one faces food insecurity. The zip code 38107 includes the town and Memphis suburb of Collierville, and this summer marked the second year that about 20 volunteers from the Junior Auxiliary Club of Collierville have helped sponsor and oversee 10 families, including 34 children receive much-needed food assistance during summer break. It marks the fourth location of Summer Harvest feeding... Read More
Posted by Andrew Bell at Monday, July 24, 2017
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