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Here’s Why You Should Participate in the Mayor’s Meal Challenge

Photo: Lucky Cat Ramen

The next time you order take-out from a local restaurant, make like a millennial and a snap a pic of your feast—because the Mayor’s Meal Challenge is not only an opportunity to support local eateries, but acts as a direct fundraiser for Mid-South Food Bank!

On April 18th, Mayor Jim Strickland announced that for every picture of a Memphian enjoying a take-out meal from a local eatery that gets tweeted to the City of Memphis, or directly to the mayor, he will donate $25 to the Mid-South Food Bank. Originally, the mayor agreed to donate $2,500 for the first 100 photos that were sent in, but that goal was reached within two days of the launch, so he decided to keep things going.

All funds go directly towards the Mid-South Food Bank, a local nonprofit that’s been tending to the nourishment needs of our community since long before the COVID-19 pandemic. If anything, they’ve ramped up their efforts even more to continue serving people across 31 regional counties who are being affected by the current situation. So, before you dive into your delicious meal, made with love by our local chefs, document the moment and send it away, so someone else can have a tasty meal another day.

Check out this round-up of restaurants that are offering curbside pick-up and delivery.

For those of you who are trying your best to cook more these days, shout out to you because you’re stronger than I—but there are still ways that you can support the Mid-South Food Bank during this time. Be it you donate food or donate funds, there’s no contribution that’s too small.

If you’re in need of food, stay up to date on the Mid-South Food Bank’s weekly scheduled Mobile Pantry Distributions.

Continue following their work on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Keep an eye out for government announcements and initiatives pertaining to the COVID-19 Pandemic here.



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