A mom asked for suggestions of way to help local families in need this Thanksgiving.  Here are some places that could use your extra food and/or cash.  So if you’re feeling extra thankful this year, here are some organizations you can help out:

Photo from the Mid-South Food Bank

Photo from the Mid-South Food Bank

Mid South Food Bank
They take food or money. For every $1 you donate, the food bank is able to purchase $4 worth of food. You can take your kids down there and tour the facility to show them how they are helping the community.  $15 buys a turkey! Donate online.

Little Helpers – Give & Gobble in the Bag
Fill a bag with items that can be used for Thanksgiving sides, then bring your donations to Donut Hutt located at 1016 West Poplar Avenue, behind Chick-fil-A in Collierville on Saturday, November 15 from 11am-noon.

Contact schools and adopt a family. I’m a teacher and we always know of homeless families or families in other rough situations who need help. We have families we are trying to help right now.

Manna House
A place of hospitality for homeless and poor persons in the city of Memphis

St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen
Each day we serve beverages, pastries, a meat sandwich, a peanut butter sandwich, a 16-ounce cup of soup, and fruit, candy or chips.

St. John’s Soup Kitchen
Saint John’s Soup Kitchen provides vital nutrition for people who are homeless, precariously housed, just passing through town, or part of the growing numbers of the working poor.

administers several food pantries and very much needs donations.

Christ Church in Bartlett
This ministry will have several opportunities to serve through providing construction services, food, etc. Holiday Food Baskets provide food for needy families during tough financial times. Food is collected at Christ Church, donated by its members, sorted, put into boxes, and then delivered to New Song Baptist church where it will be distributed to needy families.

Oasis of Hope
providing Thanksgiving dinner to more than 600 inner city families with your help – taking food donations.

Memphis Union Mission
takes supplies (toothbrushes, deo, blankets, etc) as well as cash