TVA Partners with the Mid-South Food Bank to Reduce Food Insecurity through the Healthy School Pantries Program

Six Shelby County Schools and more than 250 families will benefit from this partnership.

The Tennessee Valley Authority made a contribution to Mid-South Food Bank to create six Healthy School Pantries in local schools. More than 22% of children in Shelby County live in food-insecure households. The $100,000 contribution will assist in feeding more than 250 families. Students and their families will receive 50 pounds of nutritious food, the equivalent of 42 meals.

“This is such a meaningful partnership for TVA,” said Mark Creech, TVA Memphis executive director. “We are helping families who need nutritious meals, and our TVA associates can rollup their sleeves and help create the food boxes that the students and families will receive.”

This contribution from TVA also includes the purchase of a minivan necessary for food bank personnel to deliver the food for distribution to the school pantries and emergency supplies.

“The Mid-South Food Bank is thrilled to have TVA as a partner, and the volunteers are a needed bonus,” said Cathy Pope, Mid-South Food Bank, president & CEO. “This donation will help feed so many families that need healthy food. We truly appreciate this new partnership.”

Like Mid-South Food Bank, TVA is committed to service. It is TVA’s mission to make life better for the people in Memphis – and for the people it serves across the region.

The six schools receiving the new food pantries are: Northaven Elementary, Ross Elementary, A. B. Hill Elementary, Kipp Memphis Academy, Kirby Middle School and Wooddale Middle School.

Attending today’s announcement were TVA Board of Directors John Ryder, Ron Walter, and representatives from each school receiving a TVA Healthy School Pantry.

About Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

About Mid-South Food Bank

Mid-South Food Bank serves a 31-county area in west Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas by providing food through a network of partner agencies and programs.  Last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed more than 16.7 million pounds of food. 

WFGM to Announce 3rd Year, $1.2 million Investment in Zip Code 38126

More than 35 grant partners will benefit from this award cycle.

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) will announce its 3rd year investment of $1.2 million into zip code 38126 at a news conference on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. More than 30 new grantee partners will be announced at this news event.

The investment is part of WFGM’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan to reduce poverty by five percent in zip code 38126, the poorest area in the City of Memphis. The plan focuses on case management, employment training, early childhood education, youth development, and financial literacy to achieve the five percent reduction. Since launching Vision 2020 in 2015, the Women’s Foundation has directly touched the lives of more than 10,000 people in the area including but not limited to:

  • $4.7 Million invested in 38126
  • 1,084 people placed in jobs
  • 76 individuals started a business or micro-enterprise
  • 49% increase in average household income

In April 2016, WFGM awarded its year one investment of over $1 million to 22 grantee organizations to support programs provided in 38126. In April 2017, WFGM awarded 1.2 million to 27 grantee partner organizations.

The 2019 grantee partners and investment areas are:

Case Management &Wraparound Services

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee

Family Safety Center

Hope House Day Care

Knowledge Quest
Metropolitan Interfaith Association

Neighborhood Christian Center, Inc.
Urban Strategies Inc.

Adult Education, Training, & Entrepreneurship
Advance Memphis
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis

DeNeuville Learning Center

Dress for Success
HopeWorks, Inc.
Karat Place, Inc.
Memphis Urban League

Shelby County Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Southwest TN Community College Foundation
YWCA of Greater Memphis

Early Childhood Development
Early Success Coalition

Families Matter
Kindred Place (former Exchange Club)


Southern Avenue Charter School of Academic Excellence

Youth Development & Employment

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South
Booker T. Washington Middle & High School
Emmanuel Center, Inc.

Girls Scouts Heart of the South
Girls Incorporated of Memphis
Memphis Inner City Rugby

Mid-south Peace and Justice Center
Mustard Seed, Inc.
New Ballet Ensemble and School
STREETS Ministries
U of M, Herff College of Engineering
Vance Avenue Youth Development Center

Financial Education & Asset Building

RISE Foundation, Inc

South City a Community of Opportunity Revitalization Empowerment (SCORE CDC)

Information about each of the grantee partner programs and the investments in those programs will be available at the news conference. There will also be opportunities to interview grantee partners.

Immediately following the news conference is an opportunity to interview the 2019 Annual Tribute Luncheon keynote speaker Women’s National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Terri Carmichael Jackson. The Tribute Luncheon is the WFGM’s signature fundraising event. It is Thursday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The presenting sponsor is FedEx.


For more than 20 years, The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) has been uniting women and helping break the cycle of poverty through philanthropy, leadership and collaboration. The mission of the WFGM is to encourage philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that engage women and children to reach their full potential. #WomenEmpowerWomen #wfgm

Women’s National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Terri Carmichael Jackson will be the Keynote speaker at the 2019 WFGM Annual Tribute Luncheon

Women leading the Leadership Roundtable Committees Announced

Good negotiator, creative marketer, executive leader, and all around fixer is how the leader of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) is described.  Terri Carmichael Jackson is the Executive Director for the WNBPA and is the 2019 keynote speaker for Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis Annual Tribute Luncheon. The luncheon this year is April 25, 2019 at the Memphis Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. FedEx is the presenting sponsor of this event. 

“Terri is dynamic, engaging and a powerhouse who has a track record of supporting young women and women’s issues,” said Ruby Bright, WFGM Executive Director. “She embodies this year’s Tribute Luncheon theme – Empowered Women, Empower Women.”

In her role at the WNBPA, Jackson oversees board relations, executive leadership, financial governance and stakeholder outreach. She is an attorney and married to former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Jaren Jackson and mother of Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson, Jr.

The volunteer corporate leaders working with WFGM to develop these annual fundraisers are dedicated to the Vision 2020 strategic plan to reduce poverty by five percent over five years in the 38126 zip code.

“I’m proud to serve with these incredible women on the Leadership Roundtable for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis” said Brie Carere, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, FedEx Corporation and Corporate Sponsorship Chair. “The success of these two events provides critical support for the families living in the 38126 — one of the poorest zip codes in the city.

At FedEx, we are focused on connecting people with possibilities, and supporting the Foundation’s Vision 2020 is an example of how we can move the poverty needle and connect people with a brighter future right here in Memphis.” 

The WFGM Leadership Roundtable Committee Co-Chairs also includes: Dr. Marcia Bowden-Marche’, Owner/Founder, Bowden Internal Medicine and Denise Carpenter,

Vice President & Managing Director of Development/NW Region, Hilton Worldwide are co-chairs for the Legends Award Reception; Teresa Dickerson, Public Affairs Manager,

The Kroger Co., Delta Division is the Marketing and Public Relations Chair; and Toni Boland-Evans, Manager, Global Community, Nike, Inc., serves as the Logistics Chair for both events.

The Legends Award Reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2019 at The Columns at One Commerce Square from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The award recipients will be announced in two weeks. The presenting sponsor is Baptist Memorial Healthcare. 

Sponsorships and tickets are still available for the Tribute Luncheon and Legends Reception. Tickets can be purchased at

About WFGM

For more than 20 years, The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has been uniting women and helping break the cycle through our philanthropy, leadership and collaboration. Our mission is to encourage philanthropy, foster leadership among women and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.

Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis Names Four Dynamic Women as 2019 Legends Award Honorees

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is pleased to announce its 2019 Legends Award Honorees. This year’s honorees are Meri Armour, Rev. Cheryl Beard, Claudia Haltom and Dr. Indurani Tejwani. The Honorees will receive unique recognition at the Legends Award Reception on Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Columns at One Commerce Square, 40 South Main Street.

The Legends Awards pay tribute to women whose visionary and innovative work embodies the mission of the Women’s Foundation. This year marks the 10th anniversary of recognizing legendary women who have made an impact in the community.

The Legends Awards recipients will be honored through one-of-a-kind works of art and prose that exemplify their accomplishments and contributions to the community. The works of art and prose created in their honor will be unveiled for the first time at the Legends Award Reception.

“We are proud to honor four women who have made it their life’s work to make Memphis a better place,” said Ruby Bright, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. “This year we are honoring a trailblazer in education, a champion for social justice, an advocate for children and a committed philanthropist. Each Legend is very deserving of this honor.”

Cheryl Beard will receive a Catalyst Award. Beard is a minister of the Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church and has been a passionate, tireless advocate for children and families for more than 30 years. 

Claudia Haltom will also receive a Catalyst Award. Retiring after 17 years in the juvenile court system, Haltom founded A Step Ahead Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to provide safe, long-term, reversible contraceptives to women without the means to afford them.

Meri Armour will receive the Innovation Award. Armour is the President and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. She has been committed to children, believing that all children deserve a healthy and safe childhood with the promise of a bright future.

Dr. Indurani Tejwani will receive the Philanthropy and Leadership Award. Tejwani has supported women and children in Memphis through over 50 years as a philanthropist, obstetrician and gynecologist. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

About the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

For more than 20 years, The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) has been uniting women and helping break the cycle of poverty through our philanthropy, leadership and collaboration. The mission of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.

Aspire Memphis Slated to Become Independent, Locally-Operated Charter Management Organization

The Aspire Public School’s Board of Directors voted today to make its Aspire Memphis region an independent, locally-operated charter management organization.

Over the next 12-18 months, with continued support from the Aspire home office, all operational responsibilities at the four Memphis schools–Hanley Elementary, Hanley Middle School, Coleman Elementary and Aspire East Academy–will be transitioned to a new nonprofit organization and managed by a local board of directors. The schools will officially transition at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. During the transition period, the schools will remain part of Aspire.

“Our team, our scholars and I have gained so much from the affiliation with Aspire Public Schools and their leadership,” said Dr. Nickalous Manning, Superintendent, Aspire Memphis. “The time is right to begin this transition and we believe it will benefit all of our scholars and families to have an organization fully based here in Memphis managing our four schools.”

Aspire Memphis serves approximately 1,600 predominantly low-income African American scholars across three neighborhoods: Raleigh, Orange Mound, and Hickory Hill. Academic achievement in math and reading across the four schools currently paces schools serving similar students in Tennessee.

“We have every confidence in Dr. Manning and the local team and look forward to seeing these Memphis schools continue to thrive,” said Mala Batra, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Aspire Public Schools. “Dr. Manning and his team have shown a deep commitment to high-quality academic instruction and have developed incredible relationships within the Memphis community. They are well positioned to take these schools to new heights in service of scholars and families.”

About Aspire Public Schools

Aspire Public Schools operates 40 high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools serving 17,000 scholars in underserved communities across California and Memphis, Tennessee. Founded in 1998, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest open-enrollment public charter school systems serving predominantly low-income students, delivering a rigorous College for Certain education across grades TK-12. Currently in its 19th academic year, Aspire is one of the nation’s first charter school systems. Visit Aspire Public Schools at

“Twenty Something” – Lessons, Reflections and Survival Tips for Your 20’s and Beyond Book Launch – December 15th

Attorney Carlissa Shaw Shares Life Lessons in New Book

 Preventing young women from making the same perceived mistakes she made in her twenties, Attorney Carlissa Shaw, shares her life experiences and gives sage advice in her new “Twenty Something” – Lessons, Reflections and Survival Tips for your 20’s and Beyond. The book and an accompanying workbook, published by Grace Publishing, will be available on Saturday, December 15, 2018. A book launch event will be held on Saturday at Sage, 94 S. Main in Memphis from 5-7pm.

Attorney Shaw honestly discusses the pressures of being all things to all people so early in her life; the “superwoman complex” a lot of young women take on and the importance of learning financial literacy at a younger age. “There are 10 specific items I focus on in the book,” said Shaw. “Some include financial literacy, self-esteem and the importance of goal setting. The workbook will help readers journal and navigate through their own life experiences.”

Additional chapters within the book include:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Good Girlfriends
  • Sinking Ships
  • Travel
  • Branding
  • Fashion and Style

“Twenty Something” is targeting women, 25-29 year olds who are attempting to figure things out while they are still in their 20’s. The retail price for the book is $19.99, EBook $4.99 and the workbook is $9.99. To learn more or purchase the book, find us on Amazon or visit the website at

You’re invited to the 2nd Round of Public Meetings for the Greater Memphis Region’s Regional Transportation Plan

The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), as a part of the Livability 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), will host three public meetings to give the community the opportunity to see the progress that has been made and provide comments and feedback on the work that is being performed by the MPO.

This community’s input is extremely important for a successful transportation system in the region. “These meetings give us an opportunity to share the results we have found to date as well as continue to receive input that will make this region’s transportation even better,” said Pragati Srivastava, Administrator, Memphis MPO. “Everyone is affected by these decisions and we want to take the communities input and create the best possible plan.”

Below you will find all the locations for the October 23, 2018 public meetings.

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Address: Desoto County Board of Supervisors 365 Losher Street, 3rd Fl. Hernando, MS 38632

Date/Time: Tuesdsay, October 23, 2018 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Address: MATA Airways Transit Center 3033 Airways Blvd. Memphis, TN 38131

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Address: Collierville Chamber Board Room 500 Poplar View Parkway Collierville, TN 38017

For more information on this and other services provided by the Memphis MPO, please go to our website at

901 Keep It Clean Memphis!

City of Memphis Launches Anti-Litter Campaign to Combat Blight

The City of Memphis is leading the way in combating littering and blight in our city. The City is issuing a call-to-action urging all residents to keep Memphis clean through the “901 Keep It Clean” campaign. The Memphis City Beautiful Commission launches the campaign this month. Participants include: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, University of Memphis Head Basketball Coach Penny Hardaway, the Grizz Girls, Spoken Word Artist Sebastian Carson and Christ Missionary Baptist Church Senior Pastor Dr. Gina Stewart. The campaign will launch on multiple platforms including television, radio, print, digital, and social media.

Memphis City Beautiful Commission Executive Director Eldra T. White leads the city’s beautification efforts. “Sweep around your own porch first,’ is what we would consistently hear from our parents growing up,” said White. “This is essentially what we’re saying with this campaign. Memphis is our home. We are all responsible for its upkeep. Each and every resident is a stakeholder in keeping our city clean.”

Research shows that a major demographic of litterers are young women and men ages 16-34. The City of Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful are educating the public on the negative impact litter and blight has on the city. A campaign goal is to start a discussion focused on anti-littering and blight and serve as a call-to-action for general pride in our city.

A major focus of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is blight reduction. “Memphis is a city rich in cultural history and significance,” said Strickland. “It is our obligation as citizens to not let blight and litter create a barrier between us and opportunity. People come from all over the world to patronize our city and we want that to continue,” said Strickland.

To learn more about the “901 Keep It Clean” Campaign visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter: @mem_beautiful and Instagram: @memphiscitybeautiful. Also follow or join the conversation at #901keepitclean.

About Memphis City Beautiful:

Memphis City Beautiful was officially established by a city ordinance in 1930, making it the first and oldest beautification commission in the nation. The goal was to make Memphis a beautiful and safe place to live.  Currently, the Commission focuses on providing public education programs and other services designed to encourage all members of our community to take responsibility for improving the environment in which they live. The Commission also supervises beautification projects designed to enhance the appearance of parks and other public spaces throughout Memphis.

Transformation50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp Starts Next Week

The Tarik Black Foundation will conclude the camp with An Evening for Boys and Men

NBA player Tarik Black and the Tarik Black Foundation
open their second camp for the summer. This is his camp for boys. It’s the 2nd Annual
TRANSFORMATION50 Basketball and Life Skills Camp. The camp starts on
Monday, July 9th and ends on July 13th with a new event “An Evening for Boys and
Men – A Conversation about Growing into Manhood.”
The event is a panel discussion and an opportunity to emphasize the importance of
good values, self-control, excellent work ethics and strong faith. This event is free and
open to the public – especially men and boys.
The panel will be moderated by George Weaver with the Los Angeles based
Brotherhood Crusade. Panelists include: former NFL Player Ken Hamlin, and the face of
the ‘Fed-Up” gun violence campaign Jerald Trotter (Don’t Lose Your Head Use Your
Head). Former Memphis Tiger Basketball star and current Denver Nugget Guard Will
Barton will assist Tarik Black with the basketball camp.
The foundation will present its annual awards for the Leonard Draper Guiding Hand
Award, Willie Gregory Touchstone Award, Sgt. Byron Johnson Neighborhood Officer
Role Model Award and the Coach Wesley Henning Northern Star Award to local leaders
who have made an impact on the lives of youth.
“The Evening for Boys and Men event is an exciting addition to what our foundation
sees as investing in the minds and spirits of our youth,” said Tarik Black, CEO, Tarik
Black Foundation. “This evening is a village discussion about growing from boys to
proud men and honoring men who have poured into the lives of youth.”

For more information on the Tarik Black Foundation please

The Tarik Black Foundation Hosts Summer GLAM (Girls’ Life Academy Memphis)

The Tarik Black Foundation has a new camp this year targeting young women. The program is called the Girls’ Life Academy Memphis (GLAM) or Summer GLAM. This life skills development program targets young ladies from ages 16-20 years old and introduces them to leaders in industry and community with a focus on learning how to make good choices. The six weeks camp includes experiential field trips, forums and wrap sessions.

The Summer GLAM program runs Monday through Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. at Mount Olive CME Cathedral Church at 538 Martin L. King Avenue in Memphis, TN. Some of the key presenters include: Monday, June 11th, L’Oréal Executive Jennifer McDaniel will speak on Leadership, Monday, June 11th, , McDaniel will discuss setting goals and achieving them, Tuesday, June 12th,  Akina Morrow will teach presentation skills and on Wednesday, June 13th, WMC-TV Reporter Kelli Cook will discuss appropriate attire. Later that day the girls take a field trip to visit the Memphis Brooks Museum.

Other speakers in upcoming weeks include: Paragon Bank Executive Nancy Wells, Real Estate Executive James Maclin, Financial Planner Christine Jaroush, Physician Dr. Angela Watson, Restauranteur Aryen Moore – Alston, Business Owner and Community Activist Deidre Malone and Entrepreneur Kennedy Black.

“The Tarik Black Foundation mission focuses on activities and programs that are character building and this program meets that criteria,” said Judith Black Moore, President of the Tarik Black Foundation. “We have tried to address the pitfalls encountered in transitioning from teen to adulthood and create life classes that offer wisdom and insight.  Our goal is to present these in a way in which they will remember so that they make prudent grown-up decisions from the very start.”

Participants, given the nickname “GLAMERS” are being paid to participate as one of the job sites for the City of Memphis MPLOY Program. The Tarik Black Foundation is a new MPLOY partner as of this summer. To learn more about the camp, visit the website: .

About the Tarik Black Foundation

The Tarik Black Foundation was founded by National Basketball Association player and Houston Rocket Tarik Black.  The Memphis native, who graduated from Ridgeway High School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and his master’s degree from the University of Kansas. The Tarik Black Foundation, headquartered in Black’s hometown, Memphis, TN, provides programs and recognizes causes that help bring about positive change in communities. The foundation is managed by Judith Black Moore who serves as president and oversees day-to-day operations.