Basic Needs

Perishable Food Distributions

Since the fall of 2011, Catholic Charities of Tennessee has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to increase the availability of perishable foods to low income households in East Nashville and South Nashville, with occasional distributions taking place in other parts of the region.

The distributions typically consist of up to 10,000 lbs. of fruits, vegetables, dairy products and baked goods. From time to time, breakfast foods are also available. Meats are typically not part of the distributions.

Catholic Charities receives the goods from Second Harvest Food Bank which has received the goods from area grocers. The food items have near-term expiration dates which, based on the grocers' selling policies, make the goods unsellable. They are still perfectly edible, though.

The distributions bring more nutritious foods into households which may not typically be able to afford them on a regular basis. The goods are provided to recipients at no charge.

The East Nashville distribution usually takes place behind Loaves and Fishes (Holy Name Parish Center -- on the 5th Street side of the building) on the first Friday of each month. The South Nashville distribution typically occurs behind Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Nolensville Road) on the third Friday of each month.

You can sign-up on Hands on Nashsville website at

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