METRO Food Security Working Group
Last month, Metro created a food security working group to address the needs of our community, focusing on schools and families, community distribution points, direct to home food delivery, and serving the homeless. The starting group included representatives of the Mayor’s Office, MNPS, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Red Cross, Kroger, Lyft, Amazon, and local restaurant leaders such as Chef Sean Brock.
METRO Food Security Updates:
- Schools and Families: MNPS is now providing breakfasts and lunches at 15 schools across the county, as well as eight bus routes. The latest numbers show that MNPS has served nearly 6,000 families, distributed 8,700 food boxes and 3,600 food bags.
- Food Distribution Sites: Food Distribution Sites are located at Antioch High School, Glencliff, Hillwood, McGavock, Haywood Elementary, Camp Wijiwagon, Hartman Community Center, Hermitage Community Center, Madison Community Center, and Looby Community Center. These combined efforts will provide food to an estimated 2,050 households each week.
- Direct to Home Food Delivery: Amazon has agreed to begin providing direct-to-home food delivery to our most vulnerable residents. Starting this week, Amazon has begun to deliver meals to MNPS and Conexion Americas families who cannot access school or community distribution points. Amazon is piloting the program with 60 meals and it has offered to deliver many times that number if the need arises – up to 2,000 food delivery runs a day.
- Serving the Homeless: Second Harvest is partnering with Sodexho/HCA to feed approximately 250 individuals at the Nashville Fairgrounds. The Mike Curb Foundation has provided Chick-fil-A dinners for the remainder of the month of April. Through these partnerships, we are collectively providing three meals a day, seven days a week. The Food Security Working Group is also providing shelf-stable boxes to Social Service’s Homeless Impact Division, for distribution to their community partners who are serving our homeless residents.
Nashville Chamber of Commerce Launches #BeAGoodNeighbor Campaign
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has launched the #BeAGoodNeighbor campaign to promote local businesses with modified operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. To start, they’ve asked the community to fill out a short survey on how the Chamber of Commerce can support local businesses in the upcoming weeks.
Also, if you do order to-go or shop online supporting a local business during this quarantine, share on social media using #BeAGoodNeighbor! We want to not only share info gathered from businesses, but also show how the community is coming together during these difficult times.
Vice Mayor Shulman and Metro Council’s Small Business Task Force
Vice Mayor Jim Shulman, in partnership with Mayor John Cooper and the Metro Council, has formed a Small Business Task Force to address the issues facing small businesses in Metro Nashville/Davidson County that have been affected by COVID-19 and the March 3rd tornadoes.
“While we take necessary steps to protect our population, the Metro Council, Mayor Cooper and I agree that we must quickly determine what we can do–short term and long term–to help small businesses,” Voce Mayor Jim Shulman stated. “The Task Force is expected to focus on establishing available federal, state, and privately-sourced small business assistance and to determine how best to obtain and distribute such assistance locally.”
The Task Force is chaired by Metro Councilmember At-Large Steve Glover and Community Leader Cristina Allen. The Task Force’s twenty-four (24) members represent the diversity of Nashville’s business environment, including hospitality, retail, services, construction, manufacturing, creative/music, healthcare, real estate, and finance. The Task Force will work to aid and assist small businesses with their financial stability. The plan will be finalized in mid-April. Visit the Small Business Task Force’s website for more information.
The Metro Small Business Task Force website is now live at www.sbtfnashville.com. This site is a collection of federal, state, local, and private resources for small businesses to navigate these times. It includes a list of general resources, current news, articles and other items to assist small businesses with recovery from the coronavirus outbreak and the March 3rd tornados.
Vice Mayor’s Small Business Task Force:
- David Andrews, Bakery
- Andy Bhakta, Hotel
- Chris Carter, Retail
- Sam Davidson, Retail
- Kamel Daouk, Real Estate
- Bridgette Edwards, Fitness
- Nancy Edwards, Manufacturing
- David Fox, Financial
- Santos Gonzalez, Broadcast and Real Estate
- Don Hardin, Construction
- Barrett Hobbs, Hospitality
- Michael Johnson, Barber
- Katie Lentile, Mayor’s Representative
- Kathy Leslie, Restaurant
- Andy Mumma, Restaurant
- Elizabeth Murphy, Local Farmers
- Josh Mundy, Dry Cleaners
- Ashley Northington, Public Relations
- John Ozier, Music
- Mayur Patel, Grocery
- Adam Saba, Grocery
- Julia Sullivan, Restaurant
- Deborah Varallo, Marketing/PR
- Alex Vaughan, Retail
- Sheri Weiner, Healthcare
COVID-19 Response Fund at United Way of Greater Nashville
The COVID-19 Response Fund was established to quickly and effectively address both the health and economic challenges of this virus. Chaired by Founder, NashvilleHealth Dr. Bill Frist, the Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations, getting dollars to where they are needed most. The Fund will focus its initial allocations on helping our neighbors who are experiencing lost wages or who become ill from the virus receive the assistance they need to stay in their homes and keep food on the table.
The Fund will launch with more than $1 million, and any administrative overhead will be covered by generous philanthropic partners, thereby allowing 100% of the money raised for the Fund to directly benefit those in need. The first donation of $500,000 was made by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., whose hospitality industry partners are among the most impacted due to mandatory closures and other restrictions.
Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources rapidly and to adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. The advisory committee will work to get these dollars into the community quickly, funding nonprofit partners, community-based organizations and service providers working directly with those disproportionally impacted by this challenging landscape.
For more information about the COVID-19 Response Fund, or to make a donation, visit www.nashvilleresponsefund.com.
The Frist Foundation
March 19, 2020, NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Frist Foundation announced Wednesday that it will grant $1,000,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund at United Way of Greater Nashville. The Fund, led by Mayor John Cooper and philanthropic, corporate and government partners, will quickly address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 by rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations.
In addition to the $1,000,000 gift by Nashville’s largest private foundation, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation contributed $500,000 and the City of Nashville’s metro finance director Kevin Crumbo and his wife Katie personally contributed $10,000—bringing the total to $1,510,000.
As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, individuals and families will be impacted. As bars and restaurants close or reduce their capacities, schools and childcare centers are unable to open, and businesses see diminished revenues, the economic effects will be immense, particularly for those living paycheck to paycheck. Many families struggling to recover from the March 3 tornado will find their path to stable housing and financial stability even more challenging. The Fund is focused on making sure individuals and families receive the assistance they need to meet their basic needs during this difficult time—this includes employees of local businesses who are experiencing lost or reduced wages.
“Nashville has been devastated by two major disasters this month,” said Pete Bird, president of The Frist Foundation. “The scale of these disasters requires a community response, and the family of Dr. Tommy Frist Jr. wanted to help in the fastest, most effective way possible. Almost every sector of our city and every family in it is experiencing profound changes in their lives. We hope that our grant will inspire others to join us in mitigating the damage.”
“Other than our health and safety, there is not a more critical need in our community,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation. “We must prop our neighbors up in this unprecedented and difficult time.”
“I encourage those in our community with the ability to offer financial assistance to the COVID-19 Response Fund to do so quickly,” said Crumbo. “The work performed by the nonprofits who receive grants from this fund is a critical supplement to the resources Metro is able to provide. Together, we will continue to serve our community.”
The Frist Foundation made eight grants last week to organizations doing front-line work with victims of the March 3 tornado and was a key player in the COVID-19 Response Fund’s inception.
United Way expects to distribute funds as early as March 20 and is accepting requests for funding from community-based organizations that work directly with individuals and families to get them the support and funds they need as quickly as possible. Within the limits of its resources, the Fund aims to help individuals and families who are struggling to meet their basic needs, including employees of local businesses who are experiencing lost or reduced wages. United Way is working with government and nonprofit partners to provide as many resources as possible for business owners and will update this information regularly at unitedwaygreaternashville.com/covid-19. As funds are distributed, United Way will publish the receiving agencies, along with the help they can provide and contact information, at unitedwaygreaternashville.com/covid-19.
“This Response Fund is a perfect example of our core motto here at United Way,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville. “We believe strongly that we as a community have a responsibility to Live United—to look out for our neighbors and to help those who are struggling. We are challenging every person and every corporation in this region to step up and consider making a donation to this fund that will get much needed money directly into the hands of individuals and families that are impacted by these events.”
United Way and the Fund is relying heavily on community support. All gifts—big or small—will make a real difference for those who are struggling. To contribute to the COVID-19 Response Fund, visit unitedwaynashville.org/donate.
Mayor Cooper’s COVID-19 Task Force
- Dr. Alex Jahangir(Chair)/Chairman, Metro Public Health Department Board of Health
- Tim Adams, President/CEO, Saint Thomas Health and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Tennessee
- Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, President and CEO, Meharry Medical College
- Dr. Wright Pinson, Deputy CEO and Chief Health Systems Officer, VUMC
- Heather Rohan, President, TriStar Division, HCA
- Dr. Joseph Webb, CEO, Nashville General Hospital
- Dr. Michael Caldwell/Director, Metro Public Health Department
- William Swann/Director-Chief, Office of Emergency Management-Nashville Fire Department
- All the frontline workers in Davidson County – the clinicians, administrative, and support staff – who make our citywide coronavirus monitoring and response strategy possible.
Music City Bandwidth
Nashville is known for the live music scene and while our current circumstances are keeping us off Broadway, we are still the same Music City. From their homes to yours Nashville artists and local music venues are livestreaming concerts so you can still feel the music – safely at home. See which upcoming concerts you want to tune into here.
Titans Make $50,000 Contribution to COVID-19 Response Fund
Text Nashville United to 41444 to Give
United Way of Greater Nashville announced today that the Tennessee Titans will grant $50,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund, led by Mayor John Cooper and philanthropic, corporate and government partners, is working to quickly address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 by rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations to make sure individuals and families receive the assistance they need to meet their basic needs during this difficult time.
The Fund currently has $2.4 million, thanks to generous founding gifts from the Frist Foundation, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and Music City Center, but much more is needed.
United Way of Greater Nashville is imploring anyone who can help to contribute. 100 percent of these funds will go to nonprofits and will, in turn, go directly to help individuals impacted by wage loss because of COVID-19.
The first round of grants was distributed to six community-based organizations that are working directly with individuals: The Salvation Army, NeedLink Nashville, Catholic Charities, Martha O’Bryan Center, Conexión Américas and Rooftop Nashville. The commitee is currently reviewing applications and will continue to push funds out to the community as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The Titans COVID-19 Response Fund gift comes on the heels of Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk’s $1,000,000 gift to the Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund of Middle Tennessee which is supporting the area’s tornado relief efforts.
To contribute to the COVID-19 Response Fund, visit nashvilleresponsefund.com or text NashvilleUnited to 41444. As funds are distributed, United Way will publish the receiving agencies, along with the help they can provide and contact information, at nashvilleresponsefund.com.