The original item was published from July 8, 2022 10:24 AM to July 8, 2022 10:25 AM
Aging Commission of the Mid-South
Fighting Food Insecurity
Dr. Martin Luther King initiated the Poor People’s Campaign in November of 1967. Dr. King believed that African Americans and other minorities would not obtain full citizenship until they had economic security. He told leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on March 15, 1968, “This is a highly significant event, the beginning of a new co-operation, understanding, and determination of poor people of all colors and backgrounds to assert and win their right to a decent life and respect for their culture and dignity." Many services offered by the Aging Commission seek to offset the effect of poverty, particularly our home delivered meals and food box distribution. The Memphis metropolitan area has been identified as the area with the greatest level of senior food insecurity in the country. We are inspired by Dr. King to change this circumstance for our community.