MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Humes Middle School students hope to tackle poverty with soup kitchens.
The school hosted a kickoff event Friday night. All items for the kitchen were donated by faculty and staff. It was the first of what will be a monthly 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 by the University of Memphis showing a 15% increase in poverty rates in Shelby County.
“Our students really love community service. We focus on college, career, and community, and we always let them know that excellence is the expectation. So how do we become and excellent citizen in society? We do that by giving back,” said Dr. Lakishia Robinson, Humes Middle School principal.
Students and staff hosted a kitchen last year that served approximately 60 people.
The kids are expecting to make an even bigger impact this year because of a new partnership with the Salvation Army.