Why we do it.
food justice ministries
Memphis has a lot of hungry people. In fact, in 2011, a Gallup poll indicated that Memphis had more "food insecure" people -- that is, people who didn't know where their next meal was coming from -- than any other city.
We decided to do something about it. We started small--offering sandwiches, drinks, etc. to people who stopped by the church. And then we took the next step--offering a meal to people twice a week.
The next step was a big one! We decided to partner with the Midsouth Food Bank to provide groceries once a month to as many people as we could serve. Our first "distribution day" welcomed 40 or so folks. Within months, the number grew to about 400 families. We realized we had to do more.
Cafe Congo is a weekday lunch program. Monday through Friday, from 11:00 - 1:00, folks come by for a hot lunch. We serve about 400 people each week in a beautiful area we renovated with the help of church volunteers and gifts! Food is donated by local restaurants and schools, or prepared by volunteers using food from the Midsouth Food Bank and additional groceries that we purchase. We are proud to say that the first thing we serve to each person who comes is respect!
Taste of Cooper Young
As our food needs grow, so does our responsibility to provide outreach to our community through our Food Justice Programs. Taste of Cooper Young helps our community meet the demand of the growing food insecurity rates each year.
Ticket holders enjoy food from each of the participating restaurants, access to our silent auction while enjoying music and dancing from a local band. We also have Memphis Made beer and wine, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages for purchase during the music and auction.
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