Volunteers hand out over 5,000 Thanksgiving meals during MemFeast

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Volunteers spent the first half of the week hard at work preparing MemFeast, the Thanksgiving meal for those in need.

Charles Monger, COO of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, said they will hand out about 5,500 meals from 10 distribution centers on Thursday.

This year is the biggest MemFeast since the event began four years ago.

Monger said the volunteers preparing and distributing the meals came from churches across the area as well as organizations like sororities and fraternities. In addition to hot food, volunteers will hand out about 700 backpacks filled with essentials like hats, gloves, blankets and hand sanitizer.

Monger said the volunteers were tiring out Wednesday afternoon as they prepared the last of the meals, but he believes all the effort will be worth it to help out those in need.

“We want to give those individuals that are homeless and hungry, food insecure, as well as those that may be lonely,” Monger said. " We want to make sure you can come, get a hot plate and enjoy thanksgiving. That’s how we go about this even though we are tired, it’s a labor of love.”

To get a meal, head to any of the 10 distribution centers listed below from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church

Christ Missionary Baptist Church

Martin Temple CME Church

Mt Pisgah CME Church

Faith Heritage Church of God in Christ

Ed Rice Community Center

Raleigh Town Center

Hollywood Community Center

Whitehaven Community Center

Bickford Community Center