OUR Food Pantry

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,”

(Matthew 25:35 ESV)

Our community continues to face very difficult financial circumstances, and many are unable to provide for the needs of their families. Missio Dei Church desires to help people in need in our community. A way to help is to keep our Food Pantry stocked in the order to help serve those who are in need.

We often forget that some of our close neighbors are lacking life’s basic needs – food and clothing. Missio Dei Church provides an environment to help serve our neighbors’ basic needs.

The Food Pantry has enabled us to serve those in our city by: providing food, personal hygiene, and household products;

welcoming our neighbors in a safe, friendly and compassionate environment that maintains the dignity of each person.

Our Food Pantry helps people each week with providing food to those who are in need but we can’t continue to do it without you! If you’re interested in donating, you can shop, and then drop the items off on the weekend or, if you don’t have time to shop, please consider making a financial donation to help us keep it stocked above and beyond your tithe with “Food Pantry” in the memo line.  

Join us in serving our community as many are facing very difficult financial circumstances. Please help us serve our community by bringing a food item with you every time you come to church. Just drop it off at the office throughout the week or during any gathering you are a part of. Thank you! We are here to help anyone who needs food. All we require is that a visitor fill out our form and show photo ID. Food is available to a household once every two weeks. The amount of food will be different based on the size of the family and your situation.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday 10:00am-3:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am-3:00pm

Thursday 10:00am-3:00pm

Food Pantry is located in our building.  

Adopt-A-School: Grahamwood Elementary

 [43b] But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, [44] and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. [45] For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43b–45 ESV)


[11] The greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11 ESV)


Grahamwood Elementary School is a Shelby County City serves 1,034 students, (33% Caucasian, 34% African American, 23% Hispanic, and 10% other) with about half in the scholars program and half in the optional program, in grades PK-6 and the school is located at 3959 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122. The scholar’s program makes up around half of the school with 85% of those students on free or reduced lunches. This is one of the most incredible schools in Memphis, TN. It is in the midst of a low-income community with a ton of great students and loving families. Many of the students at G.E.S. have a difficult time getting the supplies they need to start the school year. This is a great opportunity for the you to help us support and serve an amazing school.


We desire to support and serve the families in the community that represent the scholars program within Grahamwood Elementary who are in need. The simplest way to help is to serve the students and ensure they start the year off the best they can free from worry due to financial burdens of overworked families is to start by providing backpacks. This time of the year can be incredibly stressful especially for the families with multiple students in this community. You can help by giving to the We Got Your Back Project lead by Missio Dei Church. Through your generosity we get to serve the school by supporting the students by providing backpacks full of school supplies, help take any unnecessary financial burden off of their families, assist teachers and administrators.


Missio Dei Church is strategically partnering with Grahamwood Elementary by adopting the school. We want to be all in to love and serve an entire community by investing in the education of these children. All our investment and involvement with the school and the community is done in an effort to make Jesus known and His kingdom visible by showing God’s love in word and deed in tangible ways. This includes, but is not limited to such things as, providing backpacks, snacks, and lunches, school supplies for teachers, clothes, and assisting teachers in the classroom when needed. The first step for us to gift the students with backpacks with the basic school supplies they will need. The next step is to look for classroom’s that represent the scholars program and assist them with supplies and support throughout the year. Many of these teachers often come out of their pockets to help serve the children of this amazing community.


The mission of the Adopt-A-School program is to impact the lives of children and the communities in which they live by enhancing the quality of public education through partnering with an area school to establish positive relationships through Missio Dei Church’s resources of people, time and money.


Below is a list of ways we may be able to serve and support with in the upcoming year. 

  1. We desire to pray for the administrators, teachers, and faculties by name every week.
  2. We will survey the teachers to find out what kind of school supplies that they needed in their classrooms. We filled every “wish list” presented to us i.e. books, copy paper, etc. for the classrooms.
  3. We desire celebrate the teachers’ birthdays and seek ways to bless and serve teachers to show our appreciation for what they are doing in our city. i.e. doughnuts, cookies, and snacks in the teachers lounge. 
  4. We desire to help them in any school events that we are able.
  5. We would help families in need within the school with food, clothing, and supplies, such as our “We Got Your Back” Project to make sure the students have the needed supplies for the school year or donate to families in times of Holidays.
  6. We will invite families to any church functions to serve them as we can.
  7. We desire to raise up volunteers to come and serve when needed: classroom readers, tutoring opportunities, serve the school with educational nights, TCAP,
  8. We will serve in any building and ground needs, as we are able, i.e. painting, landscaping, up keep of outdoor classroom, helping to restock bookstore. 

Safe Families of Memphis

Surrounding families in crisis with caring, compassionate community.

Safe Families for children of Memphis is a nonprofit, relationship-based ministry that helps families in need by providing temporary care for children while their parents work toward creating a stable home environment. It is volunteer-driven ministry that is made possible through partnerships with local churches. There primary goals are to: Empower the Church to effectively and tangibly show families in need the love of Christ, preserve and strengthen families so they can thrive together, and deflect children from being unnecessarily placed into the foster care system. Safe Families for Children is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families, Family Friends, and Family Coaches, we temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet. We open our hearts, open our arms, and open our homes.

For more information about Safe Families for Children here is a link: https://safe-families.org/about/ or if you would like more information about the Memphis chapter here is a link: https://memphis.safe-families.org/

Restore Corps

Restore Corps exists to eradicate human trafficking by empowering survivors, equipping communities, and seeking justice through systemic change. More information can be found here: https://www.restorecorps.org/

Get Involved by giving

Everyone has something to contribute towards the work of eradicating human trafficking from Tennessee. Restore Corps has numerous opportunities for you to use your gifts and talents alongside our staff.

Financial contributions push our mission from vision to reality. Financial gifts help Restore Corps conduct sex trafficking prevention trainings, professional trainings for first responders and case workers, shelter and direct services for trafficking survivors, and the realization of progressive legal policy and more.

Restore Corps is a program of Memphis Leadership Foundation. Your gift is tax-deductible. 

If you would like to mail a check, please mail it to: Restore Corps | P.O. Box 11748 | Memphis, TN 38111 or you can give online here

Room in the inn

The Room in the Inn program, a winter shelter program for the homeless, will begin in November. Missio Dei Church will hosts 12 homeless guests 11/11, 12/9, 1/13, 2/10, 3/9 with the possibility of adding more dates if needed from November through March. Our desire is to serve those in need with a warm welcoming environment among people in the church who will show them love and dignity over a hot dinner, a comfortable bed, breakfast, and a sack lunch. We also provide showers, clean underwear and socks, toiletries and items for personal hygiene.


In order for us to do this, we need your help. We need individuals, families or Missional Communities to provide and prepare dinners, sack lunches, and breakfasts. We also need Innkeepers to stay the night with our guests. We need help transporting our guests from and to our building, and help with laundry and hospitality.


Another way to contribute is by donating men's boxers, t-shirts and socks. We need mostly large and x-large boxers and t-shirts; however, we do need some small and 2x-large as well. We are also in need of toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, liquid bath soap, shampoo, disposable razors, and shaving cream.


Have questions? Want to help? Contact Erin Ferguson. Or click on the Room In the Inn picture below and see exactly what needs we have.




Innkeeper: Spends the night with the guests. Wakes them up in the morning, sets out breakfast.


Transportation:  Drivers are needed on each date on the evening to pick up our 12 guests from the Carpenters House at 212 N. 2nd Street downtown and bring them to our building. Pick up is no later than 5:30pm. Drivers are also needed the following morning to return our guests to the Carpenters House by 7 am. This is a great opportunity for friends to get together to take our guests back then have breakfast together.


Laundry/ Cleaning: Picks up the linens from the beds/towels that were used the following morning, launders and folds the sheets and towels, and returns to their appropriate bins, cabinets by that night. You may take these home, and bring them back to the church or use the facilities at the church. Wipe Down all mattresses with Clorox wipes, and sweep, mop, vacuum fellowship and sleeping areas. As well as clean the bathroom shower and sweep the laundry room


Hospitality: Helps make beds, and set up the fellowship room. As well as serves dinner, and visits with our guests.


Food Prep and Servers: Provides and prepares dinner for 20 + hungry people. The meal should consist of a meat, vegetables, a starch, bread, deserts, and drinks. This is a great opportunity for families or friends to get together. It is also a great opportunity for groups to volunteer and work together.


Breakfast consists of cereal, milk, juice, fruit, and sweet rolls.

Sack lunches consist of 2 sandwiches, a bag of chips, a piece of fruit, a something sweet, and a drink.


If you want to volunteer or need further information, contact Erin Ferguson.


Working with the homeless is a very rewarding experience and is a great way to spend time together with the church as we serve. Our guests are screened by the downtown Room In the Inn staff, are all nice, interesting, and enjoy a good conversation. The homeless will love to come to Missio Dei and we hope it becomes a blessing as your eyes are opened to the needs of our city.


Volunteer Tips: Conversation is a gift to our guests. Without doing a 20 questions dialog sharing concern for who they are and hearing their hopes and dreams is as important as the food we share. Caution should be given to sharing too much personal information just as you would have with anyone you met for the first time. DO NOT SHARE YOUR PHONE NUMBER.


If you have resources to share with our guests beyond the night of shelter, please do that through the RITI- Memphis staff.


If you would like to take photos of guests to post on social media, we do need to ask them to sign a social media release. Many of our guests will not be comfortable with being photographed or videotaped and we need to be sure we are respectful of that desire.


Children are welcome to help serve, but should be supervised by their parents at all times.


If you meet someone who is homeless please do not promise them shelter with RITI before speaking with the RITI staff first. All guests must go through the same process, the integrity of the program demands that we remain as fair as possible.


Room in the Inn- Memphis welcomes the most vulnerable people living on the streets of our city. This includes guests that are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Respect is the key and safety is our goal. Welcoming these members of our community does not make statements about your own personal beliefs it simply provides one of the few safe shelters for them.