There are several organizations trying to solve the problem of hunger right here in several Memphis communities.
"One in five Americans go hungry every day and in Memphis that is exponentially higher," says Neighborhood Christian Center Director Ephie Johnson. "You have people that have lost income. They've never been poor. They've been working class and now they've gone from money enough to get by to absolutely no money or not enough money."
As the holiday approaches, the need for toys at the Center is obvious.
Johnson says this year they're on track to feed more than 10,000 families during the holidays.
Life Church is also reaching out to the community. Just last year, the church focused on feeding more than 200 children every week at one North Memphis School, but the effort has grown tenfold.
By the weekend, the church will also donate more than a thousand new bikes for children. Joe Carson with Life Church says based on Proverbs 11:11, "With the blessing of decent people a city is raised up."
He knows with every family or child reached a difference is being made.
"It affects all of us we are one city, everything that happens in our city effect all of us one way or another, even if we don't see it," he says.
Many organizations in the Mid-South have already reached their quota when it comes to food or clothing.
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