Golden Cross Senior Ministries & Memphis Empty Bowls partner to relieve hunger for homeless seniors


Golden Cross Senior Ministries has received a grant from Memphis Empty Bowls to provide food to homeless seniors finding a permanent Wesley Living home, according to an Aug. 14 media release from Golden Cross.

The funds will be used as an important part of the support provided to homeless seniors making their way to a Wesley Living affordable housing retirement community.

Homeless seniors are given preference in the tenant selection plan for Wesley Living and Golden Cross stands in the gap providing basic furniture, household items, daily use consumables and food to these formerly homeless seniors. To date in 2019, Golden Cross has served the needs of over 20 homeless seniors and food is a critical need.

Wesley Living provides affordable housing to low income seniors and Golden Cross Senior Ministries provides material support and social interactions for those senior residents. Together, they provide a unique service ministry partnership for this incredibly vulnerable population of seniors.

Since the first event in 2012, the Memphis Empty Bowls Project has raised over $140,000 to fight hunger. The goals of the Memphis Empty Bowls Project are:

  • Raising awareness about food insecurity in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Raising funds and publicity for local organizations committed to fighting hunger
  • Encouraging community to experience creativity as an act of compassionate service to neighbors