MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Church Health and the Mid-South Food Bank are partnering to give people access to free testing and free food.
Drive-through coronavirus testing has been happening for a weeks now at Church Health's Crosstown Concourse location, but people who come for their appointments are given more than a test. They're offered boxes of shelf-stable food from the Mid-South Food Bank.
President and CEO of the food bank Cathy Pope says it’s all to help people getting tested to stay home as they wait for their results. “We know if you’re tested you get your results in 48 hours, you need to be home. Then you need to quarantine if you’re positive,” Pope said.
The CEO of Church Health Dr. G. Scott Morris said testing is the most important tool we have in controlling the spread of the virus.
"You're not going to know who is exposed until we have found those people who actually have the virus. Testing is the only way to know that," Dr. Morris explained.
Dr. Morris added that addressing food insecurity while offering free testing was a natural move for Church Health to make.
"Many of our patients already live on the edge of food insecurity. The virus as we all know has led people to lose their job. This issue of food insecurity is very much front and center," he said.
Pope also hopes that the service they are providing helps people to protect themselves and others. "This is really a great way to encourage people to do that and to make it a little bit easier on them," she said.
To schedule and appointment to get tested call 901-272-0003 or visit churchhealth.org for more information.