Vanderbilt associates with OneGenAway to present college neighbors with obtain to wholesome food items | Vanderbilt Information

Anna Walker, chair of the Community Outreach Committee in the Vanderbilt Woman's Club, prepares food packages during Saturday's event.
Anna Walker, chair of the Neighborhood Outreach Committee in the Vanderbilt Woman’s Club, prepares food items offers for the duration of Saturday’s occasion.

Vanderbilt University and OneGenAway, a nonprofit group that strives to eradicate food items deserts, partnered to present 30,000 kilos of healthful food to family members in the Midtown, Edgehill and Chestnut Hill neighborhoods on Oct. 3.

Daniel Culbreath, assistant vice chancellor for state government relations, assists with food distribution efforts during Saturday's event
Daniel Culbreath, assistant vice chancellor for condition authorities relations, helps with foods distribution initiatives during Saturday’s occasion

Foodstuff deserts are locations in which citizens lack obtain to contemporary fruit, vegetables and other healthier whole foods owing to absence of grocery suppliers, deficiency of transportation and financial hardship. Households in almost 400 cars and trucks were served by around 100 volunteers that day.

OneGenAway rescues food stuff seven times a week from nearby grocery shops and dining establishments these types of as Full Foodstuff, Costco, GFS, Publix, Outback Steakhouse and Aldi. Then just about every week OneGenAway, in partnership with Second Harvest and with the assist of numerous volunteers, brings truckloads of foodstuff shipped immediately on the streets of neighbors in require.

Lynn Maddox, County Liaison, Community, Neighborhood, & Government Relations
County Liaison for Federal government and Local community Relations Lynn Maddox distributes foodstuff at Saturday’s event.

Vanderbilt’s Office of Government and Community Relations partnered on the function as component of its efforts to establish relationships in the community and make a valuable effect.

Volunteers from the Vanderbilt Woman’s Club, Upcoming Techniques at Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt College Police Office and college associates have been also on hand to assist. They stacked and filled bins of food and also shared details with regards to the Vanderbilt, Let us Vote campaign.

“This occasion was a amazing prospect to lover with an awesome area firm functioning to present healthier food stuff options that are not conveniently available in these neighborhoods,” mentioned Nathan Inexperienced, vice chancellor for governing administration and local community relations. “We want to continue the momentum from this occasion and come across ways to assist our university neighbors in strategies that will be effective to their life.”

Vice Mayor Jim Shulman and Affiliate Vice Chancellor for Neighborhood Relations and Nearby Federal government Relations Alfred Degrafinreid assisted with meals distribution attempts during Saturday’s party.

This event will be the first of many applications and situations concerning the university and the surrounding neighborhoods. More facts will be shared in MyVU as other events are scheduled.