Mission: The Food Bank''s mission is to fight hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of wholesome food and through education and advocacy. Almost 20,000 people a week depend on food from The Food Bank for their next meal; more than 30% are children. Non-profit agencies and qualified faith-based programs in TN, AR, and MS save $17 million a year in food costs and can use their resources to help
Results: Since 2981, Mid-South Food Bank has distributed more than 260,000,000 pounds of food and grocery items to its network of charitable agencies. Other programs include Kids Cafe that serves a balanced meal to children twice a week in a restaurant-like setting; Food for Kids BackPack program that provides easy to open and prepare food to meet children's food needs over the weekend; and the Mobile Pantry that provides food to smaller pantries in underserved counties. .
Target demographics: The Food Bank fights hunger by efficiently collecting and distributing wholesome food and through education and advocacy. It distributes food to 325 agencies and churches that feed needy and hungry people in 31 Mid-South counties in TN, MS and AR
Direct beneficiaries per year: The agenices work with individuals; The Food Bank distributes the food to them.
Geographic areas served: TN, MS and AR
Programs: The Food Bank is the only organization, public or private, in the Mid-South to supply food to any qualified charitable feeding program.
The Mid-South Food Bank continues to save lives by providing food for the needy. The executive director, Mrs. Estella Greer reaches out constantly to various organizations to give in support of this worthwhile community effort. Because of her expertise, many organizations are making The Food Bank part of their charitable giving and fundraising.
I have had the incredible experience of going to the Food Bank as a volunteer. The service to our community is simply amazing. Imagine not having food on Thanksgiving Day. The Food Bank strives to help this happening to many families. God Bless those who work and volunteer at the Food Bank. They work miracles. They go the extra mile.
In 2009, I helped The Food Bank with their work on a national food survey. We interviewed people at local food distribution centers around the Mid-South area: local food pantries get food from Memphis and give it to peopl e in need. In talking with the clients, I learned how great the need really is in this time of economic hardship. One question on the survey was, "What was your total family income last year?" I was shocked when one woman responded, "$62,000." There was no money coming in now and she was feeding her family any way she could: food stamps, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. The Mid-South Food Bank was helping to keep her children fed, the most basic of human needs. The food pantries we visited all had nothing but praise the The Food Bank. It was great working with them.