Hunger Relief Virtual Meet-Up

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network invited hunger relief organizations and community groups to join us virtually on Tuesday, March 19th at 12 noon (central) for a FREE virtual meet-up via zoom. Participants networked and learn from local experts about Hunger relief resources to support local food relief efforts in Northwest Tennessee.

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Hunger Relief Resources Shared:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN Project Grow:

  • Project Grow” uses numerous gardens, ADA-accessible raised farming beds and row crop fields to serve as a long-term food source.
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  • To learn more about volunteering with Project Grow and with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, visit, contact Donna Vick at or call 731-213-5203.

Unite Us Platform:

  • Unite Us supports community-based organizations in choosing the technology that best meets their needs and the needs of those they serve, without any restrictions.
  • Over a decade ago, Unite Us pioneered the first closed-loop referral platform. Our mission is to facilitate accountable connections to care for anyone in need, empowering government, healthcare, and local community-based organizations to thrive and focus on what they do best. Through cutting-edge technology, we seamlessly bring communities together, predicting, delivering, and facilitating payment for community-based social care. Our platform encompasses more than one million services, boasting the industry’s largest outcome-focused community network.
  • Find your network here
  • For more information contact Kylee Dick, Customer Success Manager:, (423) 963-3294

Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network:

  • The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Martin, TN with a mission to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. Learn about this year’s #GrowFoodChallenge and how your food pantry can benefit from access to resources and locally grown foods for your clientele.
  • Current Hunger Relief Food Guide
  • 2024-2025 Local Food Guide Magazine – hunger relief listings (please contact Sam to request current listings for your review)
  • Grow Food Challenge
  • Contact us! Samantha Goyret – or call (731) 332-9071 or email Caroline Ideus –

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based out of Martin, TN, with a mission to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL.

Support for School Garden Helps #GrowSharon, Educate, and Engage Students

Thanks to the generous support from the Northwest Tennessee [NWTN] Local Food Network, grant funds, and the Weakley County Soil Conservation District, students at Sharon School have even more opportunities to learn and participate in the cycle of food – from the ground straight to the lunch table.

Through the collaboration, Sharon School has welcomed new galvanized steel raised beds into its school garden. The tasty and nutritious vegetables grown in the garden will be harvested and served up for lunch to hungry students. The new garden beds will provide fertile ground for hands-on learning experiences in agriculture, sustainability, and nutrition. 

In addition to local support from the Soil Conservation District, a $500 GroMoreGood Grassroots grant kicked off the initiative through the NWTN Local Food Network. This grant, facilitated by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and, provided the crucial funding to jumpstart this phase of the school garden project.

Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the NWTN Local Food Network, has been instrumental in shaping the Farm to School initiative in Weakley County.  She expressed her gratitude for generous local partners.

“We are thankful to the Weakley County Soil Conservation District for this support. Working to conserve and protect soil and water resources in Weakley County through education and outreach. The partnership was the missing piece to making this project happen for Sharon School.”

-Samantha Goyret

Goyret’s passion for educating children about growing food and healthy eating habits has been instrumental as the driving force behind the program’s success. She believes in the importance of teaching students about where food comes from and healthy eating habits.

“Our goal is to not only educate children about where their food comes from but also to instill a deeper understanding of the benefits of healthy eating for themselves, their families, and our communities. By integrating the produce they grow into the school cafeteria, we create a full feedback loop that reinforces this understanding.”

Sharon School students working on cleaning up the garden.

Under the guidance of Dresden High School teacher and FFA chapter advisor Jonathan Holden, Dresden FFA students built, loaded, delivered, unloaded, and placed the raised beds at Sharon School in February. Students, faculty, and staff at Sharon School have also been cleaning and preparing the area for spring planting.

Recognizing the pivotal role of school leadership, Samantha commended Sharon School’s Principal Michelle Clements, Assistant Principal Beth Davidson, and teachers Danielle Johnson and Lydia Hazlewood for their guidance and dedication to the project.

“Having strong leadership at the school level is crucial for the success of any school garden project. These individuals lead the charge each year by integrating outdoor learning experiences into the curriculum, ensuring that students are engaged and learning from the entire experience.  Weakley County Schools is the beacon that is leading the Farm to Schools movement in West Tennessee.”

The theme for this school year at Sharon School is #GrowSharon, according to Principal Michelle Clements, and this collaboration reflects the theme perfectly.

“We love providing our students with the chance to grow with hands-on learning experiences that they can use for the rest of their lives. We are thankful to have these partnerships that allow students to get their hands in the soil, learn about agriculture, and to get a better understanding of all that it encompasses to grow nutritious and sustainable foods.”

-Michelle Clements

The NWTN Local Food Network, founded as a grassroots organization in 2015 and later established as a nonprofit in 2018, has been instrumental in fostering partnerships between schools and communities to promote sustainable agriculture and nutrition education. With a focus on empowering students to make healthy choices and fostering community resilience, the NWTN Local Food Network is at the forefront of the Farm to School movement in West Tennessee.

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