Groups Work To Fight Senior Hunger In Memphis

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(Memphis) MIFA has expanding its Meals on heels program to provide some homebound seniors with enough food to get them through a week.

The non-profit organization has teamed up with the Mid-South Food Bank for the pilot-program targeting about two dozen seniors in the South Memphis 38109 zip code.

The 20-week program called Senior Nutrition Collaboration began in earlier this month and will continue for several more months.

MIFA put $12,000 into the program and is targeting seniors in the 38109 zip code because it's the area of the city where they get the most requests for their regular Meals on Wheels program.

Elizabeth McGhee is in the pilot program.

Due to her bad health, she hasn't been able to leave her house in about two years and relies on family to bring her food.

"Oh I love it. I love the meals. This is my second box," said McGhee.

The box includes 14 meals a week or enough food for breakfast, lunch and two snacks a day.

The Mid-South Bank is trying to make sure the meals are nutritious as well.

MIFA hopes to expand the program in the future, but isn't sure how many seniors they will be able to help.