The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association steps up efforts to fight senior hunger
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – In the latest “Feeding America” report on senior hunger in our nation, Memphis has the highest rate of food insecurity among seniors among major metropolitan areas.
For example, 1,500 homebound elderly people receive meals on wheels delivered on weekdays by volunteers from MIFA, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.
Recognizing the much greater need, the MIFA Board dreams of doubling the number of people served on weekdays to 3,000.
George Parr delivers the MIFA to Orange Mound.
“I started with 12 people on my route and went to 17 to 19,” Parr said.
A 4-year Meals on Wheels veteran, George drives his van and often delivers meals to family members who are able to get out and accept delivery.
“It kind of made me more aware and more appreciative of MIFA and what they do and knowing most of these people: they are in need and there are even more who need it,” Parr said.
In fact, the latest Feeding America report indicates that 13.7% of seniors in Memphis are “food insecure.”
“It’s because we have food deserts in Memphis and it’s also because our customers are older so they don’t have access or mobility to get that food and other health issues that don’t allow them. not to leave their homes,” Senior Director of Services Craig Woods said.
Woods says the Orion race in the Edge District on Saturday will benefit MIFA.
“We currently have a waiting list and we are trying to clear this list. removing as many of these people as possible from the list and the donation we received from Orion will help us in these efforts,” Woods said.
T-shirts will be given to participants of the Orion 5K which starts at 8.30am on Saturday morning May 7th.
The back says the race starts at 400 Monroe, site of the former Wonder Bread factory and new home of 5K sponsor Orion Federal Credit Union, which has already donated a $25,000 MIFA meals check to help to combat hunger among the elderly.
You can sign up for 5k on the Orion5k website.
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