Hundreds of Thanksgiving meals given to families in Orange Mound

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Hundreds of families struggling to make ends meet walked away with Thanksgiving meals and much more at the 10th annual Thanksgiving Fest.

As food banks across the country struggle to feed more families this holiday season, there’s always someone willing to step in.

The founder of Stop the Killing Cut the Beef, Keith Leachman, teamed up with community leaders and the Mid-South Food Bank to make sure people in his Orange Mound community received meals and boxes filled with canned goods.

“Orange Mound is a historic community, and I feel like a lot of people, they go without meals on a daily basis. So I feel like we should bring food pantry in, clothing, and just be a support for them and let them know that we love them,” said Leachman.

Ruby Gardner is on the receiving end.  During the pandemic, she and her family had to rely on food giveaways.

“Someone would always call me and tell me they putting out food,” she said.

Volunteers gave away 300 boxes, and with food prices rising, family members say this means everything.

“This means a lot to me, means a lot to me, sweetheart, to know that I could come out and get this food today. And it was free because most places you go, it’s hard. And I thank God for being able to come here today,” said Gardner.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, food prices rose more than five percent in the past year and about one percent in the past month.