Memphis food banks, volunteers look to help hunger amid COVID pandemic

Will Kreznick

This is part three of an occasional series about the local campaign to cut the amount of food waste going to landfills in half by 2030. Find part one here and part two here. When COVID-19 swept into Memphis, the virus stole a sense of taste from some of its thousands of victims, while […]

This is part three of an occasional series about the local campaign to cut the amount of food waste going to landfills in half by 2030. Find part one here and part two here.

When COVID-19 swept into Memphis, the virus stole a sense of taste from some of its thousands of victims, while others lost their ability to put food on the table altogether.

Before the pandemic, the Memphis-based Mid-South Food Bank and its roughly 300 agency partners were giving away about 1.25 million meals a month across its 18-county footprint in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, said Angela Johnson, the nonprofit’s director of donor relations. In 2020, as the Memphis metro lost 88,000 jobs in the first two months of the pandemic, the average soared to 3.75 million meals a month.

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