Churches and Communities in Memphis Battle Smoldering Heatwave to Provide Food and Prayers for Hundreds of Families in Need

Zoey Daniels (left) and Shan Fite (right) package peanut butter for food distribution at Eastside Community Church in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 15, 2020. | Blake Fussell

A smoldering heat index of 105 degrees did not deter Jordan Griffin and dozens of masked and socially distanced volunteers from serving in Memphis Wednesday to package and provide food and prayer to hundreds of hungry families in need during the pandemic.

Eastside Community Church is hosting a socially-distanced food drive that will continue weekly throughout the summer in partnership with the Mid-South Food Bank, and other churches and community members of various demographics.