Mid-South Food Bank holds largest one-day feeding event in its history

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — About 6,000 families lined up and received meals and supplies from the Mid-South Food Bank Friday.

The City-Wide Feeding Day was the largest one-day feeding event in the food bank’s 40-year history.

A Mobile Pantry was set up in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot.

”I don’t know, it’s been so much. I haven’t seen this much in a year,” said Mary Taylor.

For Taylor, every little bit helps. On Friday, she was one of the thousands who lined up to get food and supplies for her home. Mary gets retirement benefits but said she still needs extra help especially since she’s taking care of her nephew who is on disability.

”You can’t buy all this stuff with a check, you have to pay bills too,” said Taylor.

Taylor is one of several drivers who lined up to get meals like ground turkey, beef spareribs, fruit and more. There was also detergent, diapers and feminine products available.

”Outside of nonprofits I just feel like there needs to be money pumped into organizations to be able to reach out into the communities,” said Lewis Vick with the Mid-South Food Bank.

Vick said he’s thankful for the private donors and help from agency partners but believes more can be done especially at the state, county and city levels.

”I always preach that society is often judged by how you treat your seniors and your children and I don’t think for a country as wealthy as ours, we don’t do a good job with that at all,” said Vick.

Vick said he won’t stop until more people get food and supplies.

”There are so many people still out here working and striving and trying to do the best they can, but they still have so many that are food insecure that have such a great need here in the community,” said Vick.

For Mary and thousands of others, it was a good day.

”I appreciate it, it does help a lot,” said Taylor.

The Mid-South Food Bank gave over 800,000 pounds of food away.

They hope to host a similar event in Mississippi.

Over 136,000 people in Shelby County are living food-insecure, meaning they do not have access to or the ability to purchase enough nutritious food to live a healthy life.

Participants were also able to pick up household items like cleaning supplies, as well as diapers, period products, and adult incontinences products through the Food Bank’s Bare Needs Diaper Bank program.

Preregistration took place earlier this month at locations across the city.

For more information on sponsorships, how to volunteer, and receive assistance during the City-Wide Feeding Day, CLICK HERE.