Hunger, among seniors, is a growing problem and it's only going to grow as our population ages.
On Thursday, representatives with the Mid-South Food Bank teamed up with Kroger to feed nearly 3,000. Floral clerks, deli clerks and almost any other kind of clerk met with baggers, managers ad distributors all in an effort to fight hunger amongst seniors.
"We determined the needs were greatest for seniors," said Tim Brown. "So we thought we'd put this together. We're having a cultural counsel meeting today, we brought people in from out entire division to help assemble this. So we've got over 400 excited employees here helping out the seniors."
Kroger employees divided up into teams and made as many food boxes as fast as they could; 672 boxes packed, packaged and wrapped in only 25 minutes.
It's an effort that allows Kroger to put unpurchased food to good use.
"They brought us in here at the summit to help our culture counsel and then they asked us to do this," said Peggy Wood. "We're not told we have to do it. We just want to do it. That's what we do."
Nearly 46,000 seniors across the Mid-South fight hunger on a regular basis. Though one box may not seem like a lot, Mid-South Food Bank President Estella Mayhue-Greer says it can supplement a person's regular meals for nearly a month and it won't stop after today.
"This is not a one time deal," Mayhue-Greer said. "We will continue. We're going to raise money specifically to support our senior grocery program. So that we can continue to provide products like this for our seniors."
If you'd like to help with this or any other Mid-South Food Bank program you can contact the group at 901-527-0841.
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