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Humes Middle School hosts soup kitchens to tackle poverty in north Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Humes Middle School students hope to tackle poverty with soup kitchens. The school hosted a kickoff event Friday night...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Humes Middle School students hope to tackle poverty with soupkitchens.

The school hosted a kickoff event Friday night. All items for thekitchen were donated by faculty and staff. It was the first of what will be amonthly effort to feed people in north Memphis.

Students and teachers served dozens of community members.

This year’s kitchen takes place on the heels of a recent report bythe University of Memphis showing a 15% increase in poverty rates in ShelbyCounty.

“Our students really love community service. We focus on college,career, and community, and we always let them know that excellence is theexpectation. So how do we become and excellent citizen in society? We do thatby giving back,” said Dr. Lakishia Robinson, Humes Middle School principal.

 Students and staff hosted akitchen last year that served approximately 60 people.

The kids are expecting to make an even bigger impact this year becauseof a new partnership with the Salvation Army.