PowerPeoples Feed the Need/Campaign 100 will provide 100 homeless individuals with a good meal and warm clothing items on Saturday (November 26) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Morris Park, 747 Poplar Ave.
The post-Thanksgiving act of love will assist individuals experiencing a rough time. If desired, they can also receive COVID, flu, and/or monkeypox vaccinations.
According to the Community Alliance for the Homeless 2021 Point-in-Time Count, there are 1,055 sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals in Memphis and Shelby County. PowerPeoples has been feeding the homeless population in Memphis for several years.
The post-Thanksgiving event is PowerPeoples’ largest undertaking. They have partnered with the non-profit Youth Connection Agency, Inc., which provides intervention programs for youth to help reduce crime. Many of the youth they serve are homeless, along with their families. Those with a desire to become a part of Feed the Need/Campaign 100 can make a monetary donation toward the clothing items. The tax-deductible donation will be used to purchase hats, scarves, gloves, and socks.
PowerPeoples is a people-building people platform that offers life coaching to help individuals navigate through personal and career challenges to reach their goals. It was created by author and financial services representative Mario Nolan-Dillard. He started the initiative in 2018 after finding his estranged father living in a homeless shelter.
“My father left when I was young, and I only saw him a couple of times during my childhood after that. We reconnected when I was an adult, and I discovered he was homeless,” said Nolan-Dillard.
“I found him at Union Mission having dinner. That experience allowed me to put a face to homelessness,” he said.
“These men and women could be any of us and the humanity in each of us should compel us to provide assistance. We welcome donations from anyone who has the heart to give and help us supply items to keep the homeless warm during the cooler temperatures.”