1 Million Meals
For Shelby County Schools Students
Through a partnership between the YMCA, Shelby County Schools, Chartwells and University of Memphis, 1 million meals were provided to Shelby County students during the pandemic. Chartwells, the dining services partner for the U of M, has spent $1.3 million locally during the pandemic while also supporting food insecurities on campus with donations of $29,000 to Tiger Pantry and $9,500 for meal cards. The University Center dining hall is being used to make and compile the meals before distribution by the YMCA.
“When we began providing this support for our community, we never imagined we would make one million meals,” said Glendel Coble, resident district manager for Chartwells. “As we continue to provide meals for those in need, we want to thank our team members, the University of Memphis, YMCA and Shelby County Schools. This would not have been possible without the support and dedication of such great and caring people.” #BetterTogether
“The Memphis community is strong,” said Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray. “We are extremely grateful for our partners at the YMCA, University of Memphis and Chartwells who have come together to help feed Shelby County Schools students. Our goal to eliminate hunger for children during this unprecedented crisis has been met with a tremendous response, which is affirmation that WE ARE 901.”