Good Food for Good People awarded non-profit status

Good Food for Good People awarded non-profit status

Good Food for Good People has formally restructured as a non-profit educational and social benefit organization. After more than a decade of support and stewardship, Carole Harrah and Sean Siple gave up their ownership of the social enterprise to allow it to grow and prosper.

The educational arm of Good Food, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, was granted 501c3 status in mid July. The approved charity then filed to take on the assets and liabilities of the LLC that was known as Good Food for Good People. This new structure will allow the community to invest in the mission of Good Food for Good People and maintains a three person Board of Directors to oversee the next phase of expansion and growth.

“The new non-profit status will help us to innovate and drill down even more deeply into our mission. said Sean Siple, chief executive of Good Food for Good People. “”Finding ways to make it easy and practical to eat better is simple to say but hard to do. But it also solves a long list of health problems. For this reason health care leaders in our State want to push us to the next level.”

The new directors of the Board are Angela Harper, Tamkeenat Syed and Shane Wingo. Once the new leadership has had a few meetings to digest the mountain of details before them, they expect to announce a series of expanded initiatives designed to broaden the health impact of Good Food’s work and respond to the community’s support and investment.

Commercial kitchen certified for use

Commercial kitchen certified for use

photo-2The newly-renovated kitchen at the Love Building received final approval to be used as a commercial kitchen.

The space is now certified and ready to be rented by batch cooks looking for a place to create their food products.

“The ideal contractor isn’t a caterer or food truck,” said Sean Siple, managing partner of Good for Good People. “We’re looking for batch cooks who want to bake or can or cook for sale.”

To learn more about rates and availability, contact Good Food for Good People’s kitchen manager, Trish Virgin and get the low down and the skinny.

Produce Prescription gets $20,000 grant

Produce Prescription gets $20,000 grant

Nashville residents who use TennCare or SNAP benefits can now receive free fresh, local produce as part of a new program to prescribe fruits and vegetables to people with health risks.

United Healthcare awarded Good Food for Good People $20,000 to pilot the Nashville Produce Prescription.  Through partnerships with community agencies, Good Food will enroll participants in a program that will give them $7 per family member, per week in fresh produce.

“This is a way to get good, local food in the hands of Nashville residents who need it most,” said Sean Siple, chief executive of Good Food for Good People. “Having free fresh food available more often in more places gets to the heart of the matter. Now people can afford it, get to it and have a chance to give it a try.”

Beginning mid-August, participants will be referred by community and health centers or can simply walk up to a Good Food market and show their TennCare or SNAP card.  They will be enrolled in the program and mailed a magnetic benefit card to swipe at Produce Pharmacies at Good Food markets. Each week they will be eligible to receive $7 per person in their family worth of fruits and vegetables.

The $20,000 grant from United Healthcare will fund the development of the data base and distribute around $5,000 of food a month for three months to eligible participants.

In addition to the seven markets around town, Good Food will run a produce pharmacy in their warehouse at the Love Building at 4611 Alabama Ave. that will be open afternoons Wednesday through Sunday so people can redeem their produce prescription.  At that store and the markets periodically will be healthcare professionals, dietitians and videos in the hopes of spreading the gospel of food as medicine.

“We are looking forward to regular, positive interactions with our customers. Taking care of ourselves is a day-to-day thing and we all could use a little encouragement to love on ourselves a little more” Siple said.

Good Food has also been invited by United Healthcare to apply for a grant to rollout the program statewide in 2015. If successful in their application, Davidson county Pharmacies will expand and nearly twenty would be open weekly in Shelby County as early as April 2015.

To sign up for the program, visit any of the following Good Food for Good People weekly markets:

  • Knowles Center Fifty Forward Market: 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays.
  • Nashville General Hospital Market: 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays.
  • Margaret Maddox YMCA Market: 3 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays.
  • Vanderbilt Veterans Hospital Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Madison Fifty Forward Market: 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays.
  • Chippington Towers Market (both towers): 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 on Thursdays.
  • Northwest YMCA Market: 3 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays.