Cargill supports hunger relief in Memphis with Thanksgiving food baskets
Nineteenth annual food basket initiative to help hundreds of families in need
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Nov. 18, 2013 — This Thanksgiving, over 1,340 Memphis and surrounding area families in need will receive food for their holiday meal thanks to the Feed the Needy Program.
This is the 18th year Cargill is leading the initiative, which brings together local companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to create and deliver food baskets for families in need. This Thanksgiving, more than 250 volunteers will spend four days packaging and distributing baskets throughout the greater Memphis area.
“On average, there are four people in each family we reach out to,” said Ruth Banks, leader of the Feed the Needy Program and marine tower operator at Cargill’s Corn Milling facility in Memphis. “Given that average, this year we will feed 5,360 people this Thanksgiving holiday. This initiative is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and make a real difference for those most in need this season.”
Forty companies and organizations are participating in the Food Basket Initiative this year. Most of the companies have all participated in this effort for the past 14 years.
The 2013 Feed the Needy Program will run on Thursday, November 21st with the delivery of non-perishable food items to the Memphis Depot Industrial Park, Building 250, located at 2130 Memphis Depot Parkway, in Memphis, Tennessee where volunteers will begin packaging the meals.
It will continue through Tuesday, November 26th, when the food baskets will be delivered in time for the preparation of Thanksgiving dinner.
Memphis Depot Associates, LLC/Mayfield Properties, LP/Colliers International Memphis Region/Colliers Management Services-Memphis, LLC are large contributors this year, donating the warehouse space being used to pack the boxes at virtually no cost to the Feed the Needy Program.
|Nicole Reichert, 952-742-4204, nicole[email protected]|
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