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NashvilleNurtures is a partnership that supports families in the Nashville area deeply impacted by COVID-19. When the pandemic hit, Oprah Winfrey reached out to leaders at Mount Zion Baptist Church, as well as her alma mater, Tennessee State University, to see what the greatest and most immediate needs were and how she could best serve the community.

A generous grant from her Charitable Foundation created NashvilleNurtures and together with Kroger Foods, the partnership worked to feed more than 10,000 families in the Nashville area facing food insecurity during the pandemic.

Several churches and community organizations also support NashvilleNurtures to provide employment resources, food bank information, and other necessary resources to Nashville residents.

Impact Statistics

  • 8,401: Number of gift cards (of 10,000) redeemed by June 2020
  • 1.4M: Amount in gift cards redeemed by June 2020
  • 35%: Percent of recipient households who had been laid off or lost their jobs

Recent Highlights

Supported by a $2 million dollar gift from the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, NashvilleNurtures distributed Kroger gift cards to 10,000 families in the metropolitan Nashville area who were experiencing difficulties from the effects of COVID-19. Each gift card valued $200 and was given to families facing food insecurity, loss of jobs, and economic and health issues resulting from the COVID-19 virus.

Direct Impact