The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to address food insecurity among Middle Tennessee’s vulnerable population. Read how HCA Healthcare and our partners at Second Harvest Food Bank and Sodexo came together to help feed Nashville’s homeless community.
Due to the safer-at-home order issued by Nashville Mayor John Cooper on March 23, HCA Healthcare corporate campus cafeterias have become vacant as nearly all corporate colleagues continue to work from their homes. An empty campus means a drastically lower need for food services. So, with fully-stocked onsite amenities and a willing and able workforce in place, HCA Healthcare, Sodexo and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee came together to meet a very important need within the Nashville community.
Each day, approximately 20-25 redeployed Sodexo employees prepare 500 ready-to-eat meals utilizing food donated from Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Sodexo executive chef, Demetriss Conley surveys the inventory of donated food and then prepares a special menu based on the provided items.
When asked if his culinary team would be willing to help feed Nashville’s homeless, Chef Conley responded without hesitation, “Sure, HCA Healthcare has the kitchen, we have the people, and we have the talent.”
The prepared meals are then loaded into a delivery van and transported to the Nashville Fairgrounds where a shelter has been erected to manage the overflow of homeless residents who have been relocated to the temporary site due to the need for social distancing to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
HCA Healthcare and our partners with Sodexo are proud to help feed Nashville’s homeless community in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. See the news coverage of HCA Healthcare and Sodexo’s partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank on WZTV FOX 17.
Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 186 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom.