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Feature Story Volunteers are critical to the MIFA mission.

How 42 Memphis restaurants came together to help raise funds for Meals on Wheels

“We're all restaurants feeding our customers. And it just made sense to try to do the same thing and help feed the seniors in the Memphis area that don't have the luxury of eating out,” says Ashely Robilio, president of the Hueys Restaurant company and a member of the MIFA board.

Development News Volunteers load up their cars at MIFA headquarters as they prepare for another day’s delivery of Meals on Wheels.

These 42 restaurants are participating in MIFA’s 10-day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Spring for a Meal takes place at participating restaurants from Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 14.

Feature Story Tiffany Sumlin (left) and her mother, Tricie Cullens, are Meals on Wheels volunteers. The dedication is real: Tiffany got off work at 6 a.m. and came to volunteer after her shift, and her mom had a heart transplant just four months ago.

PHOTOS: Why a morning spent with Meals on Wheels volunteers was 'the most exhilarating thing' ever

"It was the most exhilarating thing that I have ever witnessed," Reginald Johnson writes after visiting a Meals on Wheels event at MIFA HQ. "You'd think that people are racing to MIFA picking up gold bars. But for them, the cargo in their cars is more precious than silver and gold, for they are on a mission to serve some of the most vulnerable and isolated seniors in our city. You can see it in their eyes and you can hear it in their voices; you can see it in the urgency of their walk."

Feature Story Arts and Culture is one of the six More for Memphis Anchor Collaboratives.

Creative Economics: The investment and profits envisioned by More for Memphis for Arts and Culture

Over the next several months, the High Ground Team will be diving deep into the More for Memphis plan: What it is, why it is, and where it's taking us. This week, we take a look at Arts and Culture, one of the six focus areas critical to the initiative's success.

Feature Story In the 2023 fiscal year, MIFA Meals on Wheels served more than 737,000 meals to 4,418 seniors throughout Shelby County.

Addressing senior food insecurity is a critical need nationwide, but especially in Memphis

This is the first in our new series on senior food insecurity. It’s a topic that is especially important in the greater Memphis area, which has the third highest senior food insecurity rates in the country. There are a lot of challenges associated with senior food insecurity, but local organizations like MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association) are taking a proactive approach to providing solutions.

Feature Story Actor and writer Ann Perry Wallace.

Women Working It: Ann Perry Wallace is ready for her second act

Jeff Hulett sits down with award-winning actor and writer Ann Perry Wallace.

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PHOTOS: Scenes from 'a true celebration of life, love, and homage' at Coleman School

"We have some of the most talented and brightest scholars in the world nestled right here in our Black communities," writes Reginald Johnson.

Feature Story Young people have played an integral role in the development of the More for Memphis plan. These photos are from a MFM Youth Council meeting held in June 2023.

A path to economic mobility: The More for Memphis plan for schools to become true community hubs

“At the end of this, the bigger goal for More for Memphis is putting people on a pathway to economic mobility. And so for us, education is that pathway,” says Teshanda Middleton, project lead for the E&Y Anchor Collaborative and CEO of the Communities In Schools of Memphis nonprofit organization. “How you do that is being intentional about the support that you spread across generations of people.”

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On finding 'ideas that work': How 300 Memphians came together to develop the More for Memphis plan

“Memphis is not new to developing strategic plans, so it was important for us to be thoughtful of how this process would be different and actionable,” says Jamilica Burke, chief strategy and impact officer of Seeding Success, the Memphis nonprofit responsible for coordinating the More for Memphis initiative.

Development News Hot Yoga Plus in 2018.

New ShelbyCares program to offer free workout classes at locally-owned, neighborhood gyms

“Turning the tide on generations of poor health is no easy feat, and I commend the neighborhood gyms who have committed to help us expand access to great health,” says Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.

Development News The Carpenter Art Garden in 2017.

These 3 Memphis arts organizations were awarded grants from the NEA supporting community projects

“These grants contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, help meet the challenges of our time, and build towards a future in which all people can lead artful lives and reach their full potential,” says NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson.

Development News “Our goal is to make Greater Memphis a place where anyone can secure a high-quality job, lead a productive life, and provide for their family,” says Ted Townsend, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Unique partnership to create workforce development program for Memphians impacted by justice system

“Our goal is to make Greater Memphis a place where anyone can secure a high-quality job, lead a productive life, and provide for their family,” says Ted Townsend, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

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What are our focus neighborhoods? 
Binghampton, The Edge, Frayser, The Heights, Hickory Hill, Klondike & Smokey City, Madison Heights, North Memphis, Orange Mound, South City, Soulsville, Uptown & The Pinch, The University District, and Whitehaven.
What is Solutions Journalism?

Many of High Ground's in-depth stories take an approach known as solutions journalism.

Solutions journalism:
  • explores challenges but focuses on responses—the solutions
  • asks for evidence—proof of need, success, & progress
  • asks complex questions—whys & hows
  • includes the voices of those most affected by challenges and solutions
We asks how challenges and responses affect Memphis' diverse communities and focus on neighborhoods and voices often excluded from these critical conversations.