TNKids Nutrition has received a $25,000 grant from the COVID-19 Response Fund administered by United Way of Greater Nashville. These funds are to be used to feed children in Robertson County who have been directly impacted by the pandemic.
To accomplish this goal, we plan to pack sacks of food for delivery/pickup through out the county. To be eligible, the child must have a parent or guardian who has either lost their job or had a significant reduction in hours. A short application must be completed, as we are required to report certain demographic data to the grantee.
Your assistance is needed in three areas:
1. The availability of the food must be publicized, and the families need to be informed how to apply. As of this time, they can TEXT their name to 615-433-6286, or they can complete the contact form on this site. Tell everyone you know!!! Someone will get back with them.
2. Volunteers are needed to return those texts/contacts. This will be done from your phone, but we have the technology to protect your number if you are reluctant for others to see it.
3. Volunteers are needed to pack the food and get it to the families. The bags will be packed at our warehouse at 1006 Pepper Street in Springfield, two blocks behind the Depot Restaurant. We hope to have locations spread around the county where the families can come once a week to pick up the food. This does not have to be a formal location. They can be told the food will be available between 5:00 and 5:30 at the intersection of This highway and That road. Some of the families, however, do not have transportation, and someone will need to deliver the food to them.
This is very exciting, but having to ramp up in such a short period of time is daunting. Any assistance you can provide will be appreciated!
Backpack Attack Program - The Backpack Attack Program meets at 8:00 every Wednesday that school is in session to make up the food packs for that week. We meet at the TNKids warehouse at 1006 Pepper Street, Springfield. The warehouse is two blocks behind the Depot Restaurant.
In case of inclement weather, we follow the lead of the Robertson County School System. If school is out on Wednesday, we will pack Thursday. If school is out Wednesday and Thursday, we will pack Friday. If school is out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we will pack on the following Wednesday. If schools open late, we still meet at the regular time.