Local church to serve 5,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day at 10 locations across the city

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We’re well into the holiday season, and one local church is using this time to give back to the less fortunate.

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church plans to feed 5,000 people Thanksgiving Day.

The dedicated group of church members spent over seven hours Tuesday smoking turkeys and chicken on the grill. Organizers said they plan to serve 60 turkeys total; 40 of them will be smoked, the others fried.

The Mem-Feast initiative has been ongoing for the past four years. The group started with 750 families in 2019 and has now grown to thousands.

Church leaders said it’s important to give back beyond the church’s four walls.

“We found that there was a need about four years ago, and we continue to do what we feel is a great opportunity to take care of those individuals in the city of Memphis,” said Charles Monger, COO of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

The food giveaways will happen at 10 locations across the city. Those locations were selected based on community need.

“We strategically placed the locations in South Memphis, North Memphis, Raleigh, Frayser, Whitehaven, where we knew the need was, because as you know in Memphis, there are a lot of food deserts,” said Mem-Feast Organizer Brian Harris.

Several local organizations are collaborating for Mem-Feast 2022, including the City of Memphis, WQOX 88.5 Radio and the Memphis Church Health Center. The giveaway starts at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

For more information about the holiday event, email MemFeast@theblvd.org or call 901-350-8281. See full location listing below:

Mississippi Blvd Christian Church

70 N. Bellevue

Christ Missionary Baptist

480 S. Parkway East

Martin Temple CME Church

65 S. Parkway West

Mt Pisgah CME Church

2490 Park Ave.

Faith Heritage Church of God in Christ

3802 Gragg

Ed Rice Community Center

2907 N. Watkins Street

Raleigh Town Center

2975 Old Austin Peay Highway

Hollywood Community Center

1560 N. Hollywood

Whitehaven Community Center

4318 Graceland Drive

Bickford Community Center

233 Henry Street