All the ingredients of a nutritious meal, love included

The food pantry at Friends for Life serves the people in the HIV community and their dependents, giving out bags of groceries for those with compromised immune systems.

As the workers loaded up potatoes, onions, tomatoes, peppers and eggs, you could feel the life-giving heft of the bags.

You could picture the ingredients soon simmering in a pot.

And you could smell the nourishing warmth of the eventual meals, meant not just to feed the clients of this Memphis non-profit but to keep them healthy in the time of the coronavirus.

This is the food pantry at Friends for Life, which serves the people in the HIV community and their dependents. It typically gives out 550 bags of groceries per month. But with the heightened threat these days for those with compromised immune systems?

“This week, we’re pushing 350 distributions out in three days,” said Joey Brown, food pantry specialist.

Friends for Life food pantry

Employees and volunteers answered the call, uniting in an effort to do good in a time of true need.

Cymone Merritt, nutrition manager, clasped her hands in gratitude.

“Everybody,” she said, “came to help in some shape, form or fashion. And I’m very thankful for that.”

Eat well. Live well. Be well. That’s the mantra of the nutritionist. Now there’s a new mantra at Friends For Life, at least for the time being:

Sit tight. Food’s on the way.

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