226,000 pounds of food collected during Holiday Food Drive - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

226,000 pounds of food collected during Holiday Food Drive

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Nearly 226,000 pounds of food was collected last week during the Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive, officials at the Mid-South Food Bank said Tuesday.

Officals said the total was 70,000 pounds more than was collected last year, and enough to provide more than 181,000 meals to Mid-Southerners in need.

Officials called the total especially meaningful considering the economic crisis many in the Mid-South are struggling with.

Last Wednesday, thousands of generous people gave to those in need during the Food Drive.

"People are hurting.  We really need this food so badly, and it couldn't have come at a better time," said Susan Sanford of the Mid-South Food Bank.

Though the food drive is held annually during the holiday season, Sanford said the Mid-South Food Bank needs and accepts donations year-round.

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