Mid-South Food Bank gears up for holiday season - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South Food Bank gears up for holiday season

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - With the holiday season is full swing, the Mid-South Food Bank is on a mission to provide nutritious meals to thousands of families in need.

"The bulk of the products we distribute are high protein products and vegetables," the Food Bank's Estella Mayhue-Greer said Wednesday.

When donated food items arrive, they are sorted by volunteers before they're distributed to different agencies.

"It can be a daycare centers, pantries, residential programs that are serving needy individuals, alcohol and drug rehab programs, homeless shelters," Mayhue-Greer listed.

Kathy Keiter, with William H. Dunlap Retirement Center, visits the MidSouth Food Bank at least once every two weeks to pick up items for her agency.

"They have all the thing that we need so bad," she said. "Fruit, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and meat. The meat is wonderful because it very expensive in the stores."  

"We can provide a dinner to a family of four for two dollars, and that's a lot cheaper than you can if you go to the grocery store," Mayhue-Greer added.

Mayhue-Greer, who is the incoming President and CEO of the MidSouth Food Bank, says people in the Memphis area aren't the only ones who rely on the donated food.

"We serve 31 counties," she said. "We have 18 counties in North Mississippi, one county in Arkansas and the rest of our counties are here in Tennessee and West Tennessee."

And their services, according to Keiter, are essential.

"I'm not sure we could make it actually without the Food Bank," she said.

According to Mayhue-Greer, the top five things the food bank needs is money, canned meat, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables.

For information on the Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive, scheduled for next week, click here.

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