The Nourish Food Bank has been working to end hunger and build up a community response to food insecurity for more than 35 years – first as the Smyrna-La Vergne Food Bank and now, as we’ve grown, as Nourish Food Bank, with an additional location in Murfreesboro.
Last year alone, we provided more than 300,000 worth of meals to families in economic and food crisis across our service communities. On average we serve 500 families per month, totaling roughly 1,160 individuals a month.
Each client receives a grocery cart full of food consisting of perishable and non-perishable items such as milk, eggs, bread, meat, cheese, baby food and diapers, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, and even pastries and snacks. We also provide personal care items like shampoo, toothpaste, adult sanitary products and more. We partner to address community emergencies and partner needs.
Hunger and food insecurity are often not the only challenges our clients face. Many of our clients lack the skills, or education necessary to gain or retain employment, and many of those employed work for wages far below sustainability levels for their families. We often refer our clients to
GED, ESL, and adult reading classes, along with referrals to financial counseling, utilities, and rental assistance, insurance access, and other community-based resources. Our goal is to reduce the number of families needing emergency food by working together with other agencies to provide the education, skill sets, and supportive resources needed to help transition our clients out of the cycle of poverty and into independence and sustainability.