As the vacations shortly strategy, households are planning to assemble across the desk for a feast and fellowship. However for some center Tennessee households, the problem of gathering across the desk is tougher than simply scheduling and planning. In keeping with Feeding America, over 800,000 Tennessee residents are going through starvation and meals insecurity. The Palms of Hope Meals Pantry’s mission is to satisfy the wants of their neighborhood, and what started as a small operation, has grown right into a full meals pantry that additionally affords hygiene merchandise and different family necessities.
“My household and I started donating and volunteering on the pantry in 2021. I started serving on the board in January 2022,” mentioned Julie Yant, present Vice President of the Board for Palms of Hope. “I’ve at all times had a coronary heart for volunteering, significantly in areas of homelessness and meals insecurity. As a toddler, my mother would take me to volunteer with the ladies’s and kids portion of the Nashville Rescue Mission. However then there have been instances when our household wanted help and we acquired meals packing containers from church buildings in our space. I like that she set that instance for me that despite the fact that we didn’t at all times have very a lot, we might nonetheless give, even when it was simply of our time.”