Nashville Community Kitchen Ribbon Cutting
Mercy Chefs celebrated the opening of our fourth community kitchen with a Ribbon Cutting on June 11, 2021. Mercy Chefs was founded as a disaster relief organization, but over the years, we realized that in between disasters, there were still hungry families that needed our help right in our backyards. The meals we serve are so much more than a nutritionally balanced meal — they bring HOPE.
The Mercy Chefs Nashville Community Kitchen has been operational since March 2021 and has served over 15,000 hot, chef-prepared meals in that time. This kitchen is located in Christ Church Nashville, and we are honored to partner with this powerful church community.
We were so blessed by our very first volunteer at the Nashville Community Kitchen, Ms. Sandra, from Christ Church Nashville. When she heard about the opening of our community kitchen, she immediately reached out – eager to serve. She said, “I feel like I’ve found my spot” volunteering with Mercy Chefs. If you live in the Nashville area and are interested in volunteering with us, we’d love to have you! Visit mercychefs.com/volunteer to get connected.
We hope to create a measure of stability for families who do not know where their next meal will come from. In Nashville, our partners estimate that 1 in 3 children live in poverty. At Mercy Chefs we believe a hungry child is everyone’s responsibility, and we know that this is exactly why we’re here.
In 2019, Mercy Chefs launched its first permanent Community Kitchen at Mercy Chefs’ headquarters in Portsmouth, Virginia. This kitchen is the model for our community kitchen program that has since been replicated in three cities: Panama City, FL, McAllen, TX, and now in Nashville, TN.
Each week we partner with local organizations, like Project Connect, to maximize our joint efforts and to serve Nashville and the food insecure population in the surrounding areas with the ultimate goal of strengthening the community itself. In our community kitchen outreach, our focus is not solely placed on our immediate impact but on long-term recovery and enrichment, as well.
We’re honored to have the opportunity to serve in this community. We hope to provide meals that not only provide balanced nutrition but hope as well.