Mayor’s Weekly Update: Mayor’s Meal Challenge

From Mayor Jim Strickland:


If you or someone you know has not been tested, and you’re experiencing symptoms—get tested. We have the resources readily available, and they’re all free.

You don’t need a doctor’s referral, but you do have to make an appointment. At this time, we are not–let me say that again–we are not testing asymptomatic individuals. We have testing sites all over our city and starting today, we’re adding more capacity in Frayser and Hickory Hill. For a full list of test sites, click here.

There is no reason you shouldn’t get tested. The resources are there and waiting to be used. Please use them.

Mayor’s Meal Challenge: As I’ve said before, our small businesses, especially our locally-owned restaurants, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, many more in Memphis are now experiencing food insecurity.

The initiative I’m launching today is designed to help both challenges in a small way. We’re launching the Mayor’s Meal Challenge to encourage more people to support our restaurants and to help the Mid-South Food Bank.

I will donate $25 to the Mid-South Food Bank for each of the first 100 photos that residents tag the City’s or my Facebook pages or Twitter accounts featuring a to-go order purchased from a local Memphis restaurant.

I was inspired by the Mayor of Arlington, Texas, Jeff Williams, and decided to follow suit with the Mayor’s Meal Challenge for our community.

To participate in the Mayor’s Meal Challenge:

• Pick up a “to-go” order from local restaurants 
• Post your photos of the food on social media and 
• Tag the City of Memphis or my Facebook page @CityofMemphis or @MayorMemphis and Twitter @CityofMemphis or @MayorMemphis and the restaurant’s page 
• Include the Hashtags #MayorsMealChallenge and #saferathome

During this critical time, I encourage you to continue to shop local and support small our businesses. If you would like to donate to the food bank visit Under the “My Donation is for” tab, select the Mayor’s Meal Challenge. To learn more, visit and find small business assistance information.

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