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The Memphis Area Transit Authority will receive more than $35.6 million

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will receive more than $35.6 million from the Federal Transit Administration, according to an announcement from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. 

The boost comes from a CARES Act directive to allocate funding to prevent, prepare and respond to the coronavirus through existing grants programs, including the Urbanized Area Formula Grants Program, Rural Area Formula Grants Program, and the Memphis News Tribal Transit Formula Grants Program.

“I know MATA ridership has been hit hard by this pandemic and the agency is working on an abbreviated Sunday schedule because of reduced ridership," Cohen said in a statement. "MATA is an essential service in our community, and I’m pleased this timely funding will help MATA be able to sustain and provide its service.”

More: COVID-19 is forcing MATA to ride only 10 people at a time. How did it come to that?

First Congo Food Justice Ministry pauses distribution due to COVID-19
The First Congo Food Justice Ministry at First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young will stop serving meals for the foreseeable future starting Friday, the church ministry said in a Facebook post.

“Many of our volunteers are high risk and the virus is getting a little too close for comfort,” the church said.

In the post, the food justice ministry said it would be using Press Release Distribution Services In Memphis Facebook to update people of the locations of the Mid-South Food Bank’s mobile food pantry and other ways for people to volunteer in the community.

Mayor Jim Strickland encourages all Memphians to wear face coverings
Memphians are now encouraged to wear masks or scarves when outside of their homes.

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