We launched Nourish Community, our perishable recovery and donation program, in May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to address the dual challenges of increased lack of food access for our community and the loss of income for farmers due to restaurant closures and market changes. Many Knoxville residents currently rely heavily on food pantries, which are often lacking in fresh foods. To both provide healthy food to those who need it and income for farmers who were facing wasting food or not growing at all, we started buying eggs and produce from local farmers and working with Beardsley Farm to pack and distribute food bags to community members in need.
As of 2022, we are purchase produce and eggs from local farmers and donate to:
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This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of Treasury.