The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) is located in Nashville, Tennessee.
TNFP set out to open a for-profit catering business, with the idea that profits from that business could support new growth for their core mission of providing community meals at no charge to people living with hunger.
As they got deeper into the investigation, it became clear that it would not be a good fit for the organization. They have hundreds of volunteers who do most of their meal preparation work and using that labor force for a traditional for-profit catering business was neither feasible nor desirable.
They pivoted to a more collaborative model: TNFP provides long-term contract meal prep and delivery for other nonprofit organizations who are already providing other services to people who live with hunger or food insecurity.
As a result of this “pooled resources” model, TNFP has been able to dramatically increase the number of meals they serve every week (by 800% from 2015 – 2019), and have formed meaningful partnerships with a growing number of social service agencies in Middle TN.
This growth allowed them to raise enough funds to build their own facility in 2018. Their new commercial kitchen, offices and community space have allowed them to pursue even greater growth opportunities to better meet the need for fresh, nutritious food in their community.
Brings people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.
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