MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)–About 15.5 million pounds of food came through the Mid-South Food Bank last year–not nearly enough to meet the needs of the community.
“One of our core values is always to work with a sense of urgency,” said Marcia Well of the Mid-South Food Bank. “Hunger and food insecurity is a very urgent problem.”
Wells says she was more than happy to see the Shelby County legislative delegation lend a helping hand Wednesday to a serious need in this community.
“It’s not a handout, it’s more of a hand up,” said State Senator Mark Norris of Collierville.
Senator Norris organized the nutrition caucus and has led the fight against hunger. And it’s quite the fight. Next time you walk out in public, just think that 1 in 5 people are food insecure.
“That’s politically correct speak for hungry. They don’t know for certain where there next meal is going to come from,” said Norris.
And the new statistics from Food America show a growing number of those are seniors. In just four years, it jumped from 11% to 29%.
“Baby boomers are now getting 60 and older and there is a higher rate of poverty,” said Wells. And you have medicines you have to take. Again, there’s that choice. Do I pay for my medicine or do I pay for food?”
But it’s volunteers like the those with the Shelby County Legislative Delegation that help meet the need. The legislators packed about 900 boxes for needy seniors during their visit to the Food Bank Wednesday.