FEED THE NEEDY
Feed the Needy provides resources to food impoverished neighborhoods of Memphis, TN, and surrounding areas. Through delivery of grocery items, the organization fosters enriched communities; inspiring them to rise to their full potential while nourishing the hearts and minds of people.
Feed the Needy began 29 years ago as an outreach program for Cargill’s Memphis Corn Plant. The task was to provide 50 food baskets to the area adopt a school’s program. As they began to see the need in the community, Cargill partnered with Hershey Foods, Richardson Oilseed (formerly Conagra Brands), Valero Memphis Refinery (formerly Williams Refinery), Holmes Services, Smurfit-Stone, and S &W to increase the number of families they served. The organization continued to add partners over the years and became a non-profit organization. Feed the Needy now partners with over 40 organizations to deliver food items (both perishable and non-perishable) to families in need. Some of these companies have participated in this initiative for more than 25 years.
Feed The Needy provides resources to food impoverished neighborhoods of Memphis, TN, and surrounding areas. Through delivery of grocery items, the organization fosters enriched communities; inspiring them to rise to their full potential while nourishing the hearts and minds of people.
Our Top "3" Priorities
Fighting hunger in impoverished neighborhoods.
Decreasing the level of hunger in neighborhoods that suffer from food insecurity.
Decreasing petty crimes due to food shortages.
What We Do
We provide critical meals for families during key times of the year and support local Food Pantries. We Feed The Needy.
Feed The Needy Warehouse
Feed The Needy Packed Boxes
Feed The Needy Warehouse Food
Feed The Needy Warehouse
Feed The Needy has been in existence for 29 years serving our neighbors. We feed those who for some reason are not able to feed themselves. Many individuals and families go without food during the holidays. Feed The Needy provides food baskets to the needy during this holiday season when families gather to share a holiday meal are highly emphasized. We also share food with other local organizations that can continue this effort throughout the year.
In order to accomplish this, we partner with multiple businesses in and around Memphis, TN, and bordering states. The following companies have been long-time sponsors of Feed The Needy since its inception in 1994 by Cargill’s Memphis Corn Plant employees. In 1997, Cargill partnered with Hershey Foods, Richardson Oilseed (formerly ConAgra Foods), Valero Memphis Refinery (formerly William's Refinery), Holmes Services, Smurfit-Stone, and S &W Machines to come aboard and join in our food drive.
Since 2001, the following companies have come aboard to help in our efforts and donate monetary, food and volunteers each year: AB Mauri, ADF Engineering, ADM Cares Foundation, Allen Blast Coating, A Bail Bond Co., JR Simplot, Allied Waste, B&P, Barnhart Crane & Rigging, Boling Enterprises, Ben. F. Johnson Chapter National Bar Association, Cierra Tank Services, City of Memphis, Centro, Collier international, Co-Tribute, Colton’s Steak House & Grill, D &J Metal, DTZ UGL, Electrolux, Fairlife, G&K, Grinder-Haizlip, GWCNAA, Inc., Harcros Chemicals, Hills Services, Holliday Foundation, Hope Christian Community Foundation, ISK, Johnson Bryce, KAPPA, Kellogg's, KTG USA, L&L Truck Brokers, Mayfield Properties, Memphis Depot, Memphis Police Department, Memphis-Shelby County Schools, Nalco, Nucor Steel, PCA, Pete Mitchell & Associates Inc. Insurance, Philips Mechanical, Mid-South Pipes & Valves, Nucor Steel, Plant Maintenance, Railserve, Riviana Foods, Safway, Shelby County Board of Commissioners, Shelby County Sheriff and Shelby County Deputy Sheriff Associations, Shermco, SIMMCO-The Blurton Group, S.O.S Facilities Maintenance, LLC., Stegall’s & Son Trucking, Signature Offset, SunState Equipment, Telecast Media Group, The Uplift Foundation, Thomas & Betts, Thompson Farms Trucking, Tri-State Armature, Trumbo, UFCW Local 1529, United Rental, Will-Be-Que, WestRock and Tiger Bonding.
Feed The Needy has expanded its reach by providing food baskets for the Easter holiday as well. This effort started by providing 50 Thanksgiving food baskets during its first year and in 2022, we distributed 3,900 baskets (242,000 pounds of food). At Easter, 2023, we distributed 3,000 baskets (85,600 pounds of food). The goal of Feed The Needy is to continue to grow and to service 10% more families in the coming years.
Also, for the past 29 years, Feed The Needy has provided 60 turkeys to the “City of Memphis Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner for The Homeless and Hungry.”