Children in Memphis need our help.
Did you know that almost half of our kids live in poverty? That may not surprise you, because Memphis is consistently at the top of the charts for people living in poverty.
This puts a real strain on how a child learns. Poverty creates a lot of challenges, like inadequate housing, higher stress levels, and more frequent health problems—and that puts a real strain on how a child learns, because low-income children are more likely to miss out on school and miss important learning milestones.
On the flip side, however, when Memphians see a problem, we are quick to step into action. Maybe that’s why we ranked high on the charts as one of the most generous cities in 2019.