'Meal Pack Challenge' at FedExForum aims to feed the hungry

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - More than 2,000 Memphians showed up at FedExForum on Saturday morning to help pack more than 500,000 nutritious meals for senior citizens throughout Memphis.

Volunteers packed half a million meals for seniors, a population that's becoming more food insecure. According to the AARP, 10 million adults aged 50 years and older live below the poverty line, with an annual income less than $10,000.

"It's important for us to have enough non-perishable food," said Marcia Wells with Mid-South Food Bank.

AARP's Summer of Service to Seniors program is going four different cities, including Memphis, to pack 3 million meals for older adults in need. The meals packed on Saturday will stay to serve families in the Mid-South.

"We need the support of the entire community to help us provide food for hungry neighbors, especially right now when there's people coming to our food pantries saying I lost everything in my fridge," Wells said.

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