UScellular Surprises Nourish Knoxville with $5K Donation
The holidays are about connecting with friends and family, and UScellular is nourishing these connections by enabling communities to share a meal with the ones they love.
In a surprise visit on Dec. 15, UScellular donated $5,000 worth of supplies to Nourish Knoxville to aid the nonprofit in its mission of creating healthier communities in East Tennessee through relationships with local farmers, producers and the public. The donation will provide kitchen equipment, cooking utensils and dishware to local organizations addressing food insecurity, including BattleField Farm & Gardens, an urban farm and community gardens in East Knoxville; Bryant’s Bridge, an affordable housing community for LBGTQ+ youth; and Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), which provides quality affordable housing and fosters self-sufficiency in the Knoxville area.
“Nourish Knoxville does so much for our community, so we wanted to fulfill their wish list and help the nonprofit deliver the much-needed support they provide throughout the Knoxville area,” said Thomas White, director of sales for UScellular in East Tennessee. “Food has the power to connect people, and we believe every family deserves to come together, strengthen ties and make memories this time of year.”
Nourish Knoxville, located at 625 Market St., in downtown Knoxville, has been serving the East Tennessee area since 2013. Its goal is to expand upon the local food work started through the Market Square Farmers’ Market and take on projects in the area that address food insecurity.
Nourish Knoxville provides notable programs, including “Nourish Kids,” which introduces children to the local food system through educational games, relationships to farmers and exposure to new locally grown foods, and “Nourish Community,” which was created in response to the pandemic to address the challenges of increased lack of food access for the community and loss of income for farmers due to market changes and restaurant closures.
The contribution to Nourish Knoxville is part of a larger donation provided by UScellular and its “Nourishing Connections” program. This holiday season, UScellular is providing food banks, pantries and shelters with needed supplies and has a goal to support more than 135 organizations across the country. Other Knoxville-area organizations benefiting from the program this year include Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, which received nearly $600 in donations, and BattleField Farm & Gardens, which was provided mulch, lumber and landscape fabric supplies.
UScellular retail stores also are collecting donations for local food-focused nonprofits. For more information, visit newsroom.uscellular.com/nourishing-connections .
Since 2009, UScellular has donated more than $22.6 million along with countless experiences and technology items to non-profit organizations across the country. For more information about the company’s community involvement, visit newsroom.uscellular.com/community.