Local organizations continuing to step up to feed those in need

WATCH: Local organizations continue to step up to feed those in need

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Every day comes with new challenges for people who are without food for themselves and for their families as the Mid-South continues to work around COVID-19.

But a lot of helpers opened their hearts to help feed those who are in need.

“A lot of people have lost their friends and family, but through it all, I like to say God has the last say,” said Sharon Davis.

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Davis said she’s familiar with the Memphis Inter Faith Association.

She would come to ask for assistance when she lost her job and couldn’t feed her family.

She said now that many others have lost their jobs due to the spread of COVID-19, she’s going back to MIFA to get food, and use her home as a mobile pantry for people to get food.

“I just love to do that,” Davis said. “They say God loves a cheerful giver.”

Last week, the city served 8,725 households in need of food.

Tuesday, the YMCA served 8,500 meals to Shelby County Students and three Mid-South Food Bank mobile pantries served 1,059 households with more than 2 million meals.

And it doesn’t stop there.

More than 1,600 people either picked up or had food delivered to them from MIFA in one day.

“We’ve all talked about what a pleasure and an honor it is for us to be able to increase the amount of food to get food we get out in the community and serving people today,” Davis said. “People are hungry today and we have to be reacting and responding today.”

Davis said all of the work is good work to help families in need while we fight COVID-19.

“Nothing lasts forever. There’s always a change.”

Every day, those numbers continue to rise and more people are able to get the food their household needs during this pandemic.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said it’s a testament to the hundreds of volunteers who are putting others before themselves to make this happen.