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Mobile Food Mondays – Our perishable food donations from local grocery stores has increased this year, with food recovery pick up from Aldi and Sprouts. Volunteers pick up food from Sprouts Monday-Saturday and Aldi on Tuesdays. On Mondays we take donations to Village West Apartments at 3:30 PM. Show up at 3:30 PM at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, 2704 Torbett St., 37209 to load up donated food into the mobile food truck. Then follow the truck to Village West Apartments, 4404 Tennessee Ave, Nashville, TN 37209.
Mobile Food Tuesdays– Our perishable food donations from local grocery stores has increased this year, with food recovery pick up from Aldi and Sprouts. Volunteers pick up food from Sprouts Monday-Saturday and Aldi on Tuesdays. Because Tuesday is the day when the most donations are coming in, we load up tables and donations and take the food to the corner of 40th and Albion Street at 10:00 AM. Show up at 9:50 AM at to unload the truck at the corner of 40th Ave. and Albion.
Mobile Food Thursdays – Our perishable food donations from local grocery stores has increased this year, with food recovery pick up from Aldi and Sprouts. Volunteers pick up food from Sprouts Monday-Saturday and Aldi on Tuesdays. On Thursday we take donations to Skyview Apartments at 3:30 PM. Show up at 3:30 PM at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, 2704 Torbett St., 37209 to load up donated food into the mobile food truck. Then follow the truck to Skyview Apartments, 307 Susannah Ct, Nashville, TN 37209.
Fresh Fridays – Our center and the surrounding blocks are located in a food desert, a place that lacks grocery stores and traveling by foot or bus is a means of transportation. That is why we started Fresh Friday Ministry three years ago. Whole Foods in the Green Hills area of Nashville graciously allow us to pick up pounds of food that would be thrown out due to its date or needing new inventory on shelves. The donated food includes produce, prepared meals, dairy, bakery items and sometimes meat. We call this ministry “Fresh Friday,” because a lot of the food is still good and a huge blessing to those who receive it. This ministry also gives us a chance to teach our neighbors and friends to make healthier choices when they can. Starting at 8:00 AM, a team of volunteers meet at Whole Foods to pick up the food. They bring it back to St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, 2704 Torbett St., 37209 for individuals or families to pick up at St. Luke’s from 9:00 – 11:00 AM.
Meals and Snack Bags – We also assemble snack bags for local athletes at partnering schools, provide lunch and/or dinner for our neighbors several days a week and have dreams for a mobile component of this ministry in years to come. We use our food donations from local grocery stores to cook the meals! Like to cook? You are welcome to come cook a meal for ministry happening that week or prep for future meals needed. Click on link to sign up.
SAFE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITY
Community Nights and Days – Every night on the streets surrounding the West Nashville Dream Center, kids of all ages roam the neighborhood. When our families are sitting down to have a bite to eat, these kids are often looking for someone to talk to because many of their guardians work the night shift. They are searching for true community and aching for someone who has their back and misses them when they aren’t around. We build healthy relationships in our neighborhood through activities and investment in the details of our neighbors’ lives. Food and fun are all it takes. Great activity for community groups.
Monday Community Night – immediately following Mobile Food delivery at Village West, we stay until 5 PM to serve a meal provided by 2nd Harvest and hang with the kids. Volunteer for Mobile Food and Community night or choose one or the other. 4404 Tennessee Ave, Nashville, TN 37209.
Wednesday Community Night – Temporarily on break during Winter months.
Thursday Community Night – immediately following Mobile Food delivery at Skyview, we stay until 5 PM to serve a meal provided by 2nd Harvest and hang with the kids. Volunteer for Mobile Food and Community night or choose one or the other. 307 Susannah Ct, Nashville, TN 37209.
COMING SOON 2019: Additional Community Days on Saturday mornings. Stay tuned for more details.
Dream Streets – Dream Streets is an overarching ministry with a goal to build teams to be a constant presence in our neighbor’s lives. *First Saturday of the month, people are prayed for, invited to events and tangible needs are met throughout the month. Meet at Preston Taylor Ministries, 4014 Indiana Ave, 37209 at 10 AM the first Saturday of the month.
MOMS AND KIDS
Student Ministry – What started out with 8 students on a Wednesday night, turned into a true community for up to 50 students. Teens are reminded that although family and friends may fail us, we have a God who never fails. Students 7th-12th grade are invited to hang out, share a meal and worship together on Tuesdays at 6 PM at West Park Community Center, 6105 Morrow Rd, Nashville, TN 37209. Email Sam Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Dream Center Moms – Neighborhood Scout states that the Clifton Pike/40th Ave N neighborhood next to our ministry center, has more single mother households than 99.6% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. One of our goals is to support and encourage these moms on a weekly basis. Every Sunday at noon we host a moms lunch for single moms. The children of these moms are fed in a separate space and provided entertainment while their moms enjoy a quiet time with other moms who share their same triumphs and struggles. This support continues after Sunday through volunteers providing consistent relationships. Female only serving opportunity. Are you a mom? Join our FB Group, Dream Center Moms and email TJ Fletcher at email@example.com for meet location each week.
Summer is For Kids – In everything we do, we’re always building community. What better way to do that than during Summer break! Tuesdays-Thursdays during the months of June and July, we serve lunch to children 18 and under and provide events/activities following lunch. This is a great opportunity for out-of-town or out-of-state groups to serve with us or local teens and teachers who are also out of school during these months.
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