Renamed food drive lets CY members give thanks

Our Annual Cooper-Young Food Drive is fast approaching, so it’s time to get your non-perishables and donations ready!

For those of you that did not realize that we had a food pantry right in our own neighborhood, First Congo’s Food Ministry serves groceries and meals to over 150 of your neighbors every week and over 350 families at their monthly grocery distribution. Dry and canned goods are always welcome. And because clients also are able to get groceries at the Mid-South Food Bank for around 7 cents per pound, cash donations can go even farther toward feeding our neighbors in need.

So how can you help? There are three ways that you can participate: First, you can volunteer to deliver flyers to a block or two the week before the food drive. Just call Kristen at 272-2922 to sign up for a route and arrange to pick up flyers. Second, you can fill a grocery bag with non-perishable foods and leave it on your curb by 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 22. Third, you can go to and make a donation. It’s that easy. You don’t even have to leave your home.

This year, we have renamed the food drive The Suzzane Striker Memorial Food Drive in honor of its former organizer whom we lost to cancer in September. It broke my heart a little when Suzzane asked me to take over the food drive if the worst happened. The food drive meant the world to her, and she worked tirelessly on it even while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She baked awesome fall themed cupcakes for the volunteer drivers, a tradition I will not continue since I’m a terrible baker. I’ll bring donuts instead. — June Hurt

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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