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Grant Applications are currently closed.

Apply to fund local projects, programs, or initiatives that focus on fighting hunger in Memphis. 

In 2011, Memphis was singled out as the most food insecure city in America. St. John's United Methodist Church  members saw the need to fill empty bowls in Memphis and sought initiatives for change. Memphis Empty Bowls Project's (MEBP) first event was in 2012. The 2019 meal will mark the 6th such event in Memphis. The local project is an initiative of  the food justice ministries at St. John's in Midtown Memphis. Since 2012, MEBP has raised over $145,000.

The goals of the project are threefold: 

1. Raising awareness about food insecurity in our city

2. Raising funds and publicity for local organizations  committed to fighting hunger

3. Encouraging our community to experience creativity as an act of compassionate service to our neighbors

Memphis Empty Bowls Project is proud to support community organizations and projects that are

doing great work to fight hunger and serve Memphians. If you are seeking funding for a project, we

encourage you to apply.

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Applications for funding are being accepted

Applications Due: July 7, 2019

Email questions to [email protected]

Grant Application

2019 Grant Award Winners

Memphis Empty Bowls Project is proud to support the following projects with funds raised 

by our annual event. Visit their Web sites to learn more about the great work they 

do to fight hunger and serve Memphians.

2018 Grant Application

Calvary Episcopal Church serves more than 200 of our homeless and hungry neighbors through Sunday Community Breakfast. In addition, they shelter and feed neighbors through Room in the Inn, Work Local for job access, serve regular Liver Worth Saving lunches, and keep non-perishable food bags ready at all times. The project keeps with their belief that God’s love was made visible in the world through the life Jesus lived and what he taught. 

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2018 Grant Application

The CasaLuz Food Pantry Pilot will provide groceries to Hispanic victims of crime and their families, who are often running for their lives, unable to return to their homes where crimes often have taken place. Survivors often come to CasaLuz hungry, with only the clothes on their back and children in tow. They are usually in need of sustenance as they attempt to escape their perpetrators and eventually get back on their feet. CasaLuz’s clientele is largely people on the run from their victimizers who are understandably wary of providing personal identifying information, so it is a struggle for them to find services, including emergency food assistance. 

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2018 Grant Application

Community Table Memphis Food Bank Garden is a community garden located on an empty lot on Madison Avenue, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, that grows healthy, organic produce. They donate everything that is harvested to local food pantries and soup kitchens in an effort to improve the quality of food that is available for the most vulnerable members of our community. Funding for this project will allow the Garden to continue to grow safe, organic produce to be donated directly to the Mid South Food Bank and local Soup Kitchens directly providing meals in the community.

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2018 Grant Application

Girls Inc. of Memphis inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The organization’s Youth Farm is a year-round program that equips high school girls for successful adulthood while addressing a critical community need of food scarcity in Memphis. The Youth Farm is the only “girl run” farm in the country, providing an opportunity for adolescent girls to work in every aspect of the 9.5 acre farm’s annual production from planning and cultivating to selling the produce at Farmers’ Markets in Memphis. Annually the girls provide the city with over 17,000 pounds of pesticide-free produce with a focus on the Frayser neighborhood. Youth Farm crew girls engage in social entrepreneurship, leadership, and civic training with local leaders to hone their skills and make a positive impact on the city. 

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2018 Grant Application

Golden Cross Senior Ministries will transform mere shelter into sanctuary for formerly homeless seniors. These seniors find permanent affordable housing at Wesley Living Communities, yet lack the resources to establish a proper home. Dignity and Hope are restored when the lack of resources is remedied. No senior should ever have to travel life’s journey alone. 

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