MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Right now groceries are the highest we've seen in 40 years. The USDA estimates grocery bills could increase another 5% to 6% in 2022.
This summer, you’ll get some relief at the grocery store, thanks to a new bill.
Starting in August, a 30-day suspension on grocery sales tax will take effect. According to Gov. Bill Lee, more details will be released closer to the effective date.
But that's months away, and families need help now. Here is a list of meal programs that are helping families immediately.
Every Monday through June, the YMCA will give out free 7-day meal packages for kids under 18. Meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a first come first served basis.
Methodist South Hospital Campus is located at 1300 Wesley Drive, Memphis, TN 38116.
Once that program ends, the YMCA will have about a dozen meal site locations throughout Shelby county to continue giving out free 7-day meal packages. Click here to find a location near you.
Feed the Block Memphis
'Feed the Block Memphis has three different meal programs for residents living in Raleigh.
1. Feed The Block – Groceries
Through their monthly grocery giveaway done in partnership with Midsouth Food Bank, they provide supplemental groceries to those who need them.
2. Feed The Block – Summer
Provides consistent meals for school-aged children in the summertime.
3. Feed The Block – Dinner
Provides dinner meals to kids in need.
Memphis Shelby County Schools
Memphis Shelby County Schools has a summer food service program specifically for low-income families. If your child needs summer lunch this year, you have to contact Shalissia Smith by phone at 901-416-0062 or by email at email@example.com.
Mid-South Food Bank
The Mid-South Food Bank has a mobile pantry distribution program. They have several refrigerated vehicles located throughout Shelby County various locations. The Mobile Pantry is open to those who can show an ID or other proof of residency in the county/zip code designated for distribution.
Click here to find a location near you.
SisterReach is a Black-woman-led nonprofit located in Hickory Hill. They recently launched Peral's Pantry, a community resource program for Memphis families in need. Clothes and food items are available for entire families. This pantry is appointment-based. Click here to make an appointment.