First Congo needs help feeding hungry families

Photo by First Congregational Church

When a Gallup poll ranked Memphis as our country’s hungriest city last year, they were documenting something that many of us are aware of: Some of our neighbors are hungry.

First Congregational Church currently has two ongoing programs which serve people in the Cooper-Young area/

  • A monthly grocery distribution (Food for Families). We serve more than 200 families (living in the 38104, 38114 and 38111 ZIP code area) on the fourth Sunday of each month.
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays (1:30-3 p.m.), we serve a simple meal and open our clothes closet to guests.

We want to expand these ministries to meet the need in our neighborhood. And we need your help! How can you help?

  • Contribute food for the monthly grocery distribution.
  • Provide a simple meal for sharing on Tuesday afternoons (for about 30-40 people).
  • Let us know if there is a restaurant, store or cafeteria where we may be able to pick up food to distribute.
  • Volunteer your time (unloading the truck, distributing groceries during the fourth week of each month)

If you are interested in providing your time and/or services to First Congo, please contact Food Justice Ministries Coordinator Molly Peacher-Ryan at or call 278-6786.

– Rev. Cheryl Cornish


Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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