Food drive for First Congo pantry Nov. 16

The Cooper-Young Annual Food Drive benefitting First Congo’s Church Fishes & Loaves Pantry will be Nov. 16.

To help, just leave a sack of food on your curb or the edge of your lawn by 9 a.m. that day. Volunteers will pick up your donation and take it to the church to help neighbors in need.

Any non-perishable, non-expired food is welcome, but especially needed are items that don’t have to be cooked, along with individual juices, wrapped bars/snacks, Beanie Weenies and canned meats such as tuna and Vienna sausages. No glass jars or perishable items, please.

“First Congo church provides assistance to many of our less fortunate neighbors within our community and surrounding areas,” organizer Suzzane Striker said. “And it’s not just our lower-income neighbors the pantry helps; it’s also our neighbors who have suffered from sudden losses. They are all members of our community family.”

First Congo provides a food pantry and soup kitchen on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Those who have signed up for the pantry can “go shopping” once a month. Transportation is available if needed. Food is also available to anyone on a daily basis for those who are in urgent need.

“Close to my heart is the soup kitchen,” Striker said. “Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon it provides a nutritious meal to all who come. They also send everyone home with a snack bag with food enough for a meal including a healthy snack. Lots of school kids rely on access to the soup kitchen.

“The soup kitchen relies entirely on the generosity of church and community members and is not a part of the church budget although they do make certain that food is available for the soup kitchen.”

The church can get more food per dollar than residents can. If you’d prefer to make a donation you can make it to First Congo Church; please indicate it is for the pantry. The church also has PayPal available. Go to to make a donation to First Congo on our PayPal account. Just be sure to say “CY Food Drive” under program for which you are giving.

If you’d like someone to pick up food or a monetary donation you can contact Suzzane Striker at 901-276-6450 or, or Molly at 901-240-4627 or They will be happy to come retrieve your contribution.

They also welcome volunteers to help distribute flyers, (nice way to get some exercise and say hey to the neighbors) and pick up food on day of drive. If you’d like to volunteer contact Suzzane at 901-276-6450 or





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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