MemFeast event continues on Thanksgiving Day despite ongoing pandemic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Community members throughout Memphis and Shelby County can take part in this year’s MemFeast, an effort to feed the homeless and anyone else in need of food on Thanksgiving Day.

Last year, the city hosted the first ever MemFeast at Memphis City Hall.

The event was previously called the Memphis Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless and Hungry, a long-standing tradition in the city.

Last year’s event was nearly canceled while it was in the works until several local churches stepped in to help.

This year’s feast will look a bit different due to the ongoing pandemic.

Instead of being held in one central location, it will be spread throughout the city at multiple churches.

J. Lawrence Turner, senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Church, said COVID-19 has brought a number challenges for this year’s feast.

The event will not involve a large gathering of people.

Almost a dozen churches are acting as food distribution sites.

Food trucks will be set up to pass out food, and anyone in need is welcome to receive food.

Recipients will walk up to a food truck with a mask on and take a box of pre-packaged food.

Pastor Turner said the pandemic has exposed the hunger crisis, and this year’s event is now more important than ever.

“On a day where so many people have an abundance of food, we want to make sure that those who are underserved, who are homeless, and those who may have hit a rough patch have something to eat,” Turner said.

Anyone going through a tough time is encouraged to come out.

“In the midst of such a tough year, we can see our city come together. We are committed to making it through together,” Turner said.

The feast happens on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m.

Participating churches include:

  • Bellevue Baptist Church
  • Christ Missionary Baptist Church
  • New Direction
  • First Baptist Broad
  • Greater Imani
  • Hope Presbyterian
  • Martin Memorial Temple CME
  • Mississippi Blvd Christian Church
  • Monument of Love
  • Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
  • New Direction Church