Writing a mid-week update on happenings for the KNOW Hunger Nashville project that is sure to leave you with a bit of hope. Just two weeks ago on March 26 and 27, the team was busy being part of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Spring Symposium and the Family Supper Program, a joint partnership with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).
While travel got off to a rocky start due to some unexpected airline issues getting to Nashville, the trip wasn’t all lost. We had a great time visiting our friends with the HBCU Wellness Project for their Spring Symposium where the group convenes each year for general business and student presentations of findings from their public wellness research studies. Team Tyson was on hand to present awards to the KNOW Hunger Art Contest winners from the Wellness Expo in November and also to provide feedback to the students on their presentations. Thanks again to our friends at the HBCU Wellness Project for their kind hospitality.
Later that afternoon we joined the Urban League to help out with their Family Supper held at the Claiborne Family Faith Worship Center. The Family Supper was the brainchild ULMT and MNPS, and has yielded amazing results in the community. So much so, that we not only wanted to attend, we wanted to sponsor a series on SNAP education and healthy eating. Word has it that the Family Suppers, since their inception only last year, have sparked meaningful conversation and action in a variety of communities across the city in the areas of parental involvement, literacy and healthy living.
We were really in for a treat that night. The Tennessee State University Extension program was on hand to a give presentation and demonstration on healthier drink options to beverages loaded with disguised sugar. We also heard from local moms Essence and Tiffany, who were deeply moved by the Family Suppers and have successfully set up action groups that meet at their children’s school on a weekly basis regarding community concerns.
Our team was so inspired by these ladies and all they have accomplished. Their message is one of hope. They hope to prove that through faith and perseverance you can forge a better life for your family through small, yet impactful gestures of healthy eating, community activism and parental involvement. Thanks Essence and Tiffany for reminding us why we do what we do.