Update: We’ve been busy in Nashville!

Since the August 2013 launch of the KNOW Hunger Nashville project, we’ve been enthusiastically organizing and planning our outreach and commitment to the Nashville, Tenn. community through 2015. We’ve got some great stuff planned! To recap, KNOW Hunger Nashville is a two-year partnership and initiative between Tyson Foods, Urban League of Middle Tennessee  and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to raise awareness of food insecurity and nutrition education in the Nashville area. 

The HBCU Wellness Project team kicked off the 2013 Wellness Expo at Bicentennial State Park in Nashville, Tenn. with Tyson Foods and the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.

The HBCU Wellness Project team kicked off the 2013 Wellness Expo at Bicentennial State Park in Nashville, Tenn. with Tyson Foods and the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.

 

We hit the ground running in the fall, executing a Wellness Expo event with the  HBCU Wellness Project (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), the Urban League of Middle Tennessee and Meharry Medical College  on November 16 at Bicentennial State Park in downtown Nashville. With more than 400 people in attendance, the event was a huge success. 

Several Team Members from Tyson Foods- Goodlettsville and Shelbyville, Tenn. plants prepared chicken sandwiches at the HBCU Wellness Expo.

Several Team Members from Tyson Foods- Goodlettsville and Shelbyville, Tenn. plants prepared chicken sandwiches at the HBCU Wellness Expo.

 

Approximately 75 participating vendors gave expo-goers access to information for essential services, transportation, fitness, healthy cooking and spirituality. Tyson was happy to be on hand with the Meals that Matter truck where the Shelbyville and Goodlettsville, Tenn. plant teams distributed more than 700 chicken sandwiches to attendees. 
Nearly 40 local middle school students competed in the 2013 KNOW Hunger Art Contest.

Nearly 40 local middle school students competed in the 2013 KNOW Hunger Art Contest.

 

A highlight to the Expo was the KNOW Hunger Art Contest where middle school students from Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School and John Early Middle School created art that depicted what it meant to them to truly know hunger. Contestants were recognized by State Rep. Harold Love, Jr. of Nashville and Patricia Parish Stokes, President and CEO of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.

 

In March – April 2014, we have some very exciting things developing for the partnership. We’re working now towards building a website with help from Second Harvest that will aid food box and SNAP recipients in better planning their meals using the resources they are given. The site will feature a series of tools that include instructional videos, recipes and tip sheets that explain things like buying in bulk, utilizing staple pantry items and how to create a basic one pot meal. Because studies show that many families access the internet through their mobile phone exclusively, the site will be optimized for mobile use.

This upcoming spring and summer, we also plan to host events with Urban League and Second Harvest that educate key opinion leaders on hunger issues in the community through engaging and eye-opening activities.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from the KNOW Hunger Campaign!