Tamkaneet Syed was fasting the first time she ran into the friendly Good Food for Good People staff at a local farmer’s market.
Though she couldn’t sample the fresh food they were offering her, she could tell immediately this was an organization she wanted to be involved with.
“They invited me to a cooking party at the Love Building and I went,” she says. “It’s such a fun place and the people are genuinely nice–like out of their way nice. There’s a whole lot of selfless giving from others.”
Syed, a medical student at Meharry Medical College, is also earning her master’s degree in public health. Her passion for preventative health and promoting health through eating well matched up exactly with Good Food for Good People’s mission.
Syed is one of three new board members who are shepherding Good Food through its transition to become a non-profit organization. She is tasked with helping Good Food raise money to further its mission of getting healthy, affordable, local and organic food into the hands of Nashville residents who need it most.
“I love this organization because of what it does for underserved and marginalized communities,” Syed says. “It provides them good food and good company.”
Syed, as a future physician, wants to promote health through eating well, taking care of oneself and making wise choices. Her hope is that Good Food expands its mission of being a place for individual and community healing.
“We will be successful with those who are buying food and selling food are satisfied,” she says. “We want it be a shared experience on both ends in providing for communities that have a need for nutritious foods.”