Thanksgiving food drive needs your help

By Suzzane Striker

The annual Thanksgiving CY Food Drive to benefit First Congo’s Fishes and Loaves Soup Kitchen and Pantry will be held Sat. Nov. 17. Volunteers and contributors are needed.

First Congo serves our family community in many ways. Food is provided for people in need each day. There is a daily vegetable/produce distribution at 2 p.m. where a day or two worth of food can be taken.

The “Food for Families” program distributes groceries to more than 200 families in our neighborhood. Church members stock shelves in the sanctuary and recipients can receive transportation home from the church with their groceries.

The “Loaves and Fishes” soup kitchen is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. They serve late lunch and provide a snack bag for everyone to take home. For some who go there, the contents of those snack bags is their next meal. That’s why we ask for foods like Vienna sausages, potted ham, small foil packaged tuna, granola bars, cracker and individual juice boxes.

If you’re in the mood to make a big batch of something or have a party with lots of leftovers, please pass it along to the soup kitchen. Every little bit helps a lot. Molly Peacher Ryan coordinates food ministries for the church. You can contact her at The church will be more than happy to pick up the food and take it there.

This food ministry is not a part of the church budget so it relies completely on the continued support of the church members and the community. (Lots of kids show up for this.)

We need volunteers to start distributing flyers around the first week of November and on Saturday morning, Nov. 17, to pick up the contributions from the curbs. We especially need help distributing flyers for a small community there’s a lot of real estate to cover.

It’s a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, say hello to a neighbor or few and make friends with a friendly cat or dog. Going down blocks that you are unfamiliar can be a real treat. Halloween decorations are often still out and because we are an eclectic artist community delightful discoveries always abound. And picking up contributions is almost like a treasure hunt only with the treasures in plain sight.

To volunteer to help with the food drive please contact or 276-6450.

I love living in CY because we are truly a community family and we look out for and take care of each other. Thank you for your continued generous support. I know we will have an abundant bounty of food just in time for the holidays.


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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