Red Cross Conducts Mobile Feeding in Aftermath of Severe Mid-South Storm
A resident of the Shelby Station apartment complex in South Memphis receives a lunch meal from American Red Cross volunteer Rene King.
Memphis, Tennessee, June 2, 2017. The American Red Cross continues to provide food to people who are in areas of the city where electrical power has not been restored. The pictures in this story show a lunch-time meal being distributed at the Shelby Station and Woodhollow Glenn apartment complexes in South Memphis. Both apartment complexes (60 units total) have numerous elderly and disabled residents. They have been without power for a week.
There is one generator in the complex that provides power in a community room used as a central gathering place. Initially, residents pooled their food resources and prepared meals in the community room kitchen, the only place with a working stove and refrigerator. But food has run out. Thanks to a call today from a concerned citizen who happened to be working in the area, the Red Cross learned of their situation and immediately scheduled a food delivery to the complex for both lunch and dinner.
Rene and Thomas King, a husband and wife volunteer team from Pleasant View, Tennessee, put together sack lunches for the residents of the Woodhollow apartment complex.
The pictures below show the residents collecting lunch from the crew of one of our Emergency Vehicles. The Red Cross workers shown are Rene King and Thomas King, Red Cross volunteer husband and wife team from Pleasant View, TN, who deployed to Memphis to assist with storm relief efforts. Today’s lunch included both ham and turkey sandwiches, chips, cookies, and bottles of ice cold water. It was warmly received by the residents.
The Red Cross reached out to Catholic Charities of West, Tennessee which was able to provide approximately 500 lbs of nonperishable food to the community, including canned fruit and vegetables, soup, cereal, and a mac & cheese product. The Red Cross will also continue to provide meal deliveries.
Kim Brooks, a resident of the Shelby Station Apartment Complex in South Memphis seems pleased with a ham sandwich, one of the items in the lunch delivered by the American Red Cross.
Story Credit: Bob Wallace and Al Gearhart for the American Red Cross
Photo Credit: Bob Wallace for the American Red Cross