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Feeding Our Communities: Working Together for Strong & Healthy Neighborhoods

In Memphis, a deep-rooted spirit of unity thrives. Neighbors look out for each other, lending a hand and sharing smiles. This drives us to come together, roll up our sleeves, and tackle community challenges.

Today, we’re addressing a crucial concern for Memphians: food insecurity, childhood nutrition, and the path to better health. Let’s join forces to build a stronger, healthier Memphis for everyone.

Childhood Nutrition Matters

Our kids are the future of Memphis, and their health and well-being should be a top priority. Proper nutrition is essential for their growth, learning, and overall development. 

Not having enough access to balanced meals and healthy snacks can really mess with kids’ growth and development, making them more likely to become obese. Making sure our youngest residents have enough to eat is super important for their health and the future of our community.

Food Insecurity in Memphis

Memphis is famous for its culinary heritage, but unfortunately, not everyone in our city has access to nourishing meals that define our culture. Historically, Memphis has had one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the United States. In 2019, around 22.3% of households in Memphis were considered food-insecure, according to data from Feeding America.

Food insecurity is a legit problem, with tons of families struggling to get enough food on the table. It’s a challenge that affects people of all ages, but it’s extra concerning when it comes to our kids.

In Memphis, numerous food banks, pantries, and charities tirelessly combat food insecurity. They provide meals and groceries to those in need. They need the support of the community in tackling food insecurity sustainably and holistically.

Two women standing at a counter with bags of groceries.
Photo: For the Kingdom

Feed The Block

For the Kingdom began addressing this problem in 2020. The program’s primary aim was to bridge the gap for those who, due to unfortunate circumstances, found themselves without employment and unable to provide basic sustenance for their loved ones. Numerous children within the Raleigh neighborhood heavily relied upon school meals as their main source of nutrition.

With the abrupt closure of schools and businesses in response to the pandemic, the need became all the more evident, compelling them to take action and provide sustenance for our community.

Day in and day out, they wholeheartedly embraced this mission, distributing over 200 bagged meals each day to the deserving children and families of Raleigh throughout the entirety of 2020.

A variety of salads and vegetables feeding our communities on a table.
Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

The Journey to Better Health

Ensuring access to nutritious food is vital for our community’s well-being. Wholesome meals lead to better health, reduced disparities, and a brighter future for Memphis.

Join us in addressing food insecurity by volunteering at local food banks, supporting organizations combating hunger, and advocating for policies prioritizing access to nutritious food. Together, we can create a healthier Memphis where every child thrives.

Practical Ways to Make an Impact

1. Volunteer Your Time

Consider donating your time to local organizations that are dedicated to fighting food insecurity and poverty. Whether it’s helping at a food bank, participating in community gardens, or volunteering at after-school programs, your time and effort can go a long way in making Memphis a better place.

2. Support Local Initiatives

Many local initiatives are committed to addressing these challenges head-on. Support them through donations or by spreading the word about their work. By supporting local, we strengthen our community from within.

3. Be a Neighbor

Sometimes, all it takes is looking out for one another. If you know a neighbor who might be facing food insecurity, reach out with a friendly gesture, whether it’s a shared meal or information about available resources.

4. Advocate for Change

Get involved in advocating for policies and programs that address food insecurity and poverty. Write to your local representatives, attend community meetings, and be a voice for positive change.

Sponsored post. Amerigroup is proud to be a supporter of Give901, working in partnership with the organization on a variety of initiatives that directly support teachers, students and classrooms.

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