MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dozens of Memphis students are giving back to some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Each day hundreds of homeless people are able to walk right up to tables and leave with to-go boxes of food. It’s all possible because of the generosity within the community.
"I look forward to giving every week, and I hope I can get the whole school involved eventually," Charlie Klenk told FOX13.
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Klenk is one of dozens of St. George’s Independent School students giving back to homeless people lined up at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Midtown.
"My mom and I did this with another group. We started with two bags of sandwiches. Then I decided it would be a great idea to get all my friends involved," Klenk said.
What started as two loaves of sandwiches has grown to boxes of meat patties stacked on top of each other.
Bags filled with food and toiletries are also available.
Every item helps the mission continue to serve homeless people during the pandemic.
"We not only continue to have our hungry citizens, but unemployed citizens on top of that,” Former Memphis Mayor Dick Hackett said.
Hackett said since the start of the pandemic the number of people in need has doubled.
Last month volunteers served 8,000 people.
Hackett said everything served is donated and the outpouring of community support keeps the mission alive.
“It feels amazing to give back and has taught me how a little thing can go so far,” Klenk said.
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