One of the things we love most about the connection between our gardens and our kitchens is the fun challenge of incorporating local, seasonal foods you don’t often find at area grocery stores. For example? All summer long, a vine has been working its way up, over and all around the trellis entryway to the Woodmont garden behind TNFP’s office...
We're often asked about our food donation needs in our kitchens, so we've come up with a list of our top four. Whether you're an individual, a congregation, a farmer, or a restaurant... all of these gifts, both big and small, work together to make our work possible.
A simple ingredient - tomato, lettuce, carrots - can touch thousands of lives once it comes through the doors of TNFP. Today, we’re following the journey of one ingredient in our meals last week: big, beautiful, leafy kale.
Meet Marirae and Joyce, two of our most loyal volunteers. They’ve cooked our Friday lunch every week for 6 years - that’s over 16,000 meals! They’ve also become life-long friends.
For the past few school years, the seventh and eighth graders at Abintra Montessori School have been filling our prep room each month. It’s a partnership that we have grown to love and one that we’re proud to hear is essential to the education of Abintra students.
On a typical Tuesday our South Hall kitchen is filled with a steady group of diverse and dedicated volunteers, and you can’t escape the good vibes. Today, cherry sorting is increased with the help of the background music, not to mention it led to the first common ground and opening to discuss the focus of this blog: friendship.
On any day of the week, you can walk into the kitchen at St. Luke’s and be greeted with a smile and warm hello in the midst of all of the hustle and bustle that takes place when over 200 meals are being prepared for the day. This warm and inviting atmosphere is just one reflection of the great partnership that has been established between St. Luke’s and The Nashville Food Project.
With the addition of several new meal partnerships, 2016 was a year of unprecedented growth in our meals program. We opened a second kitchen at St. Luke’s Community House, doubled our meals production, nearly tripled our food recovery efforts and added a total of FIVE new positions to our meals team!