We launched our Nourish Community program in May 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 resturant closures and market changes. Many Knoxville residents currently rely heavily on food pantries, which are often lacking in perishable items. 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. In August 2021, we transferred much of the program to Beardsley Farm, and continue to partner with them on food access work.
Our perishables recipients included clients of Bridge Refugee Services, Centro Hispano and Interfaith Health Clinic, residents of Guy B. Love and Isabella Towers, and student families of Spring Hill Elementary.
In 2022, thanks to grants from the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s ARPA fund and Y-12 FCU Gives Foundation, we are purchasing produce and eggs from local farmers and donating to:
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