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National Group Lends Help to Local Hungry Families

Nearly a quarter of children in Tennessee live in poverty, and many are right here in Shelby County. Hundreds of children and their families got help Wednesday from a group called Feed the Children.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Nearly a quarter of children in Tennessee live in poverty, and many are right here in Shelby County. Hundreds of children and their families got help Wednesday from a group called Feed the Children.

The organization teamed up with St. Paul Baptist Church in Whitehaven to distribute boxes of food and personal care items. Each family took home a 25-pound box of rice, cereal, spaghetti, and other non-perishable food.

Organizers say the help is necessary because of the county's unemployment rate and the number of middle-class families who need a boost in this economy.

"According to our last census, we've got a million people in Shelby County; of that number 20 percent of those are at or below poverty level, about 200,000 people," said St. Paul's Pastor Christopher Davis. "Of that, 40 percent of those are under the age of 18, so we literally have children in our community who are gong to bed hungry at night."

The national group Feed the Children travels from city to city organizing these events. It has helped more than 360,000 families in the past three years.

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