Making it the Mid-South: Local church making sure people get nutritious food

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The need for food supplies is far greater as Americans struggle to get back to work.

One Memphis church is stepping up to make sure those in need do not go without.

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church is helping seniors and families receive a nutritious meals.

A box of food goes a long way for families struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus.

“You see the food lines, so we try to make sure that senior citizens get what they need,” said Larry Killebrew, distributing food. “The church mandated that we not stop doing this during the pandemic.”

We spent the day riding along with Killebrew and other volunteers with Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church’s Manna Outreach Program.

On a monthly basis, the Boulevard normally serves 20,000 meals to those in need.

Those numbers went up to 60,000 in June and July.

“Going through all that with the food that we give away and that it would be nonperishable,” Killebrew said.

99-year-old Ida Johnson is one of the recipients.

“That’s some very nice men,” Johnson said. “I look forward to them not only brining the food but just to see them and speak to them.”

Volunteers distribute the items three days a week.

Everything from eggs to canned goods and church leaders wanted to make sure they were giving away healthy food supplies.

“I never expected this,” Johnson said.

“It’s just a blessing for us probably more so than it is for them,” Killebrew said. “I know for me it is.”

An act of kindness in neighborhoods that recipients say goes a long way.”

Mississippi Boulevard volunteers served around 25,000 households in June.