Volunteer Stories
MIFA Volunteers share their experiences

MIFA volunteers come from all around the city each day to serve our Meals on Wheels senior clients. Hear from new timers and regulars, working and retired, young and old! 

Our vision is uniting the community through service and our volunteers help us make that possible. In this blog series, we will share volunteer stories, experiences, and more. If you have a story that you want to share please email hwalker@mifa.org

Parikh Family Continues Legacy of Service

We believe all MIFA volunteers are exceptional for their service to our community. But some families make a commitment to our programs which lasts for generations, and we are grateful for the opportunity to recognize one family’s legacy of service.

Many of you may remember Prabhakar Parikh, who along with his wife Rohini, joyfully delivered meals for 25 years, until he passed away in 2018. Prabhakar moved to America from India in 1961 and quickly became a proud Memphian, and that pride shone through in the way he served his neighbors and in the way he shared that service with his grandchildren, Roshan and Megha, who often accompanied him on his routes.

Prabhakar shared the importance of giving back with his son, Salil. “By serving others you obtain happiness,” Salil said. “You get so much energy from serving others that it keeps you going.”

Now Salil continues his family’s service by delivering MIFA Meals on Wheels. “My son Roshan also delivers meals when he comes home from college,” he said. “We are continuing the Parikh legacy.”

We are so grateful to families like the Parikhs who make delivering meals a family tradition!