Community Food Advocates

aka Community Food Advocates   |   Nashville, TN   |  www.communityfoodadvocates.org
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Mission

The mission of Community Food Advocates is to end hunger by creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. We are farmers, parents, students, persons of faith, community gardeners, and health advocates united by the idea that all members of our community should have access to food grown in a way that promotes the health of people, planet, and community. We seek to address the root causes of food insecurity through policy, system, and environmental change.

Ruling year info

1976

Principal Officer

Ms. Jilah Kalil

Main address

5601 New York Avenue

Nashville, TN 37209 USA

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Formerly known as

Manna, Inc. / Food Security Partners

EIN

51-0185425

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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SNAP Outreach and Advocacy

We work to ensure families and individuals who may be eligible for SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) have access to benefits. Each year we connect tens of thousands of Tennesseans with nutrition benefit support and information through literature and presentations at over 30 different partner agencies. Every week we visit soup kitchens and other direct service locations, focusing on persons experiencing homelessness, those transitioning from incarceration, elderly and disabled persons, the working poor (or underemployed), veterans, and persons who are immigrants or refugees. Moreover, we advocate on behalf of people who have been incorrectly denied benefits; when clients seeking assistance are denied they may pursue an appeal and often rely on CFA for resources. In addition we work with state administrators to ensure SNAP is functioning as effectively as possible in Tennessee and advocate for program changes that increase access to benefits.

Population(s) Served

To promote community health and the local economy, we launched the Double Fresh campaign at the Hip Donelson Farmers' Market with the goal of increasing redemption of SNAP benefits at Nashville area farmers' markets. Currently, ten markets in Davidson County accept SNAP benefits and the Double Fresh program has been adopted as SNAPBack by Piedmont Natural Gas.

Population(s) Served

Growing Healthy Kids (GHK) brings parents, educators, students, and community members together to increase access to healthy food in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). We provide resources and support for enhanced nutrition education, school garden initiatives, and the elimination of unhealthy options in the cafeteria to fight childhood obesity. This is necessary for students of MNPS, where currently, over 72% of students in MNPS qualify for free and reduced meals; additionally, for many students, school breakfast and lunch may be the only complete meals that they consume daily.Another focus of the GHK program has been expanding the USDA's Farm to School program in MNPS. We plan to roll out the program to five schools within the 2015-2016 school year and will expand to ten more schools during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Population(s) Served

We are seeking to provide diverse opportunities for our community members to engage in food system change. Our newest initiative is our SNAP Ambassadors program, which is designed to equip volunteers as advocates to participate in our SNAP Outreach and Advocacy Community Office Hours. As an extension of our Growing Healthy Kids program and in support of school and community gardens, we have a Resource Lending Library with gardening tools and literature available on loan to anyone. Our Bridging the Gap food pantry is one of Davidson County's only "no questions asked" food pantries. Individuals are eligible to choose items from the pantry once they have exhausted other food options. Individuals are not limited by zip code of residence or the number of times that they have utilized the pantry previously in the calendar year.

Population(s) Served

The Nashville Mobile Market (NMM) began as a program of Vanderbilt University in 2010 to combat health disorders linked to a lack of access to fresh, healthy food. It became a program of Community Food Advocates in July 2014. NMM currently partners with 18 different sites across Davidson County that are in food deserts and areas of low access. The market currently sells a combination of local and wholesale produce, seeds, and local honey. Since January 2015, the NMM has served over 2,000 customers.

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Affiliations & memberships

Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare (TCSW) 1985

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1998

Community Shares 2008

Alignment Nashville 2008

Hands On Network 2011

Volunteer Administrator's Network 2012

Financials

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Community Food Advocates

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2016
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Board chair

Mr. Juan Escarfuller

Vanderbilt University

Term: 2014 - 2016

Fay Delk

Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Jeff Themm

Food Advocate

Juan Escarfuller

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Sydney Rogers

Alignment Nashville

Sharon Ruiz

Attorney

Fanny Sung

Dietitian