Nashville Food Project
In 2015 The Nashville Food Project became REAL certified, beginning their partnership with Eat REAL Tennessee. Last month, they renewed their commitment by becoming REAL Certified under Eat REAL’s new standards. The updated process includes an “initial” REAL Certified score before the audit is finalized and provides a window to adopt recommendations from Registered Dietitians.
Christa Ross, Meals Director at the Nashville Food Project, worked diligently with Eat REAL, and is a true advocate for the process. “We want to provide the most nourishing food possible to our community,” says Ross “Going through the Eat REAL certification process helped educate us on some of the items we purchase regularly as well as holding us accountable to the process and the people we serve.”
One of the major changes implemented because of the REAL Certified process was the transition to making more sauces and dressings from scratch. They are also now making beef broth and tomato sauce from summer surplus and freezing for use during the winter months.
The mission of the Nashville Food Project is to bring people together to grow, cook and share nourishing foods with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger. They rely on the support of volunteers to maintain their two urban gardens and prepare the fresh ingredients for their kitchen. To learn more about the program and ways you can support The Nashville Food Project reach out at thenashvillefoodproject.org.