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Memphis Empty Bowls Project is proud to support community organization 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. Application information will be available soon.

2018 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

C-3 Land Cooperative is a 501c3 nonprofit formed using the community land trust model. All property owned by C-3 is held in perpetuity for the use of low-income Memphis residents. Our mission is to provide permanently affordable housing, economic and educational opportunities and access to fresh, healthy food to impoverished Memphians. With funding from MEB, the Cooperative is expanding their 2000 square foot community vegetable garden in Riverside, and will install a 3000 square foot orchard which will include peach, apple and fig trees. As with previous garden builds, there will be opportunities for hands-on learning and free workshops for community members.

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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

Friends For Life is the Mid-South’s oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization. Their mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and help those affected by HIV/AIDS live well. MEBP will support a groundbreaking study researching the challenges faced by HIV-positive individuals around food access and food delivery. Friends for Life will create an incentivized survey that solicits direct feedback from our clients. This is the first study of its kind in the Memphis area, with a goal of using the data gathered to create change at the programmatic and policy level for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Memphis. 

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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

MIFA was founded in 1968 in an unprecedented cooperative effort uniting church and community leaders to confront the growing issues of poverty, hunger, and social division in Memphis. Each weekday, MIFA Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious lunches to more than 2,300 seniors in Shelby County. Each meal meets one-third of the U.S. daily dietary allowance and is delivered by volunteers to homebound clients and to other seniors at congregate meal

sites. MIFA’s largest program has been awarded the highest possible accreditation conferred by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. 

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Grant Applications are not currently being accepted.

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 $125,000.

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

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Applications for funding are being reviewed

Notification of Award: September 1, 2018

Email questions to [email protected]

Grant Application

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