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Our vision for the future
Care Kitchen Outreach did it's first 300-pound rescue in March 2016 of viable prepared food, that was headed for the trash. It served over 250 meals to those in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation ministry at Set Free Church.
By the end of our first year we rescued 9,100 pounds (4.55 tons) and fed 18,200 meals. These meals went to 7 rehabilitation homes, the Branch Ministry that feeds the at-risk international community and offers language and job training.
CKO became a 501c3 and continued to rescue 7,883 pounds of food (3.94 tons) and fed 15,766 meals! We added 2 new ministries to the our distribution network. Stonebrook Family Ministry and Project Connect Nashville.
Our 'Food Rescue Network' continued to grow with the addition of The Country Music Hall of Fame, Lipscomb University, Susans Catering, MM Events, Chef's Market, Panera Bread, and Logan's Roadhouse. Cul2vate Farms began to give us fresh produce as well.
14,803 pounds of food (7.4 tons) =29,606 meals to the hungry around Middle TN!
2019 presented it's own challenges and the health of the founders took first priority. They were preparing for what was to come in 2020...
Rescued 500 pounds of food right before the tornado hit. In the first 4 weeks after Covid hit we rescued 25,000 lbs of food (12.5 tons) in bulk in prepared food and provided 49,000 meals!