Two weeks ago, The Tasty Turn Up hosted its first volunteering event! We partnered with the
Nashville Rescue Mission, where we were honored with the opportunity to serve lunch to the
ladies of the Women’s Campus.
Once our group arrived, we were greeted by staff and shown to the cafeteria area where we
would be assisting with the preparation of lunch trays and cold beverages, and cleaning up.
Before we got started, we were given a little history on the Nashville Rescue Mission – Women’s
Campus from one of the Mission’s previous occupants. While the Mission first opened its doors
in 1954, it wasn’t until 1968 that it expanded to meet the needs of the increasing number of
homeless women and children in the Nashville community. Since then, the Mission has assisted
thousands of men, women, and children, and continues to remain dedicated to its mission:
Providing hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity to the hungry, homeless, and
We then proceeded to our designated stations, and prepped for service to start. Lunch for the
day included pineapple chicken over brown rice, fresh salad, dinner rolls, fruit, and cupcakes for
dessert. As some of us prepared the trays and beverages, the ladies of the Mission began to
funnel in for lunch. To keep the steady flow of lunch service, the ladies were sat at their
appropriate tables and our group served them their meals. We were advised before lunch
started that lunch service can host up to several hundreds of women and children in an
afternoon, and to keep traffic flowing, we must continuously prepare trays and clean tables
when the ladies were finished with their meals. That afternoon we prepared almost 100 lunches
in an hour!
Our experience at the Nashville Mission – Women’s Campus was unbelievable. It opened our
eyes to the need that the Nashville community has, and inspired all of us to be more active in
giving back. We plan on keeping this energy going with other community involvement
opportunities, and we look forward to volunteering at the Mission again in the near future!
Thank you to all our friends who came out and shared this experience with us!
A special thank you to Vicki Berry – Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Nashville Rescue
We couldn’t have organized this event without you!
If you would like to volunteer or donate to the Nashville Rescue Mission, click the link below: