TN Dept. of Agriculture states “ Organic food is produced by farmers who strongly emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.” Gardening in straw bales is an easy, inexpensive, organic solution to make growing food more accessible to anyone, anywhere. Providing individuals/families with a straw bale garden ( SBG) will deliver a method of organic gardening at no cost, minimal physical labor and with a high likelihood of a successful harvest. SBG will address the increasing issue of lack of access to affordable, nutrient rich, organic food. Grace Manor will produce and provide a pictorial tutorial showing what can be grown, how to prepare, where to place, ease of use and benefits of growing own choice of fruits and vegetables in a manageable manner. We will provide the straw bales resourced from organic farmers and ensure adequate seeds and plants are available to create “gardens”. Size of “garden” will be decided by the family/individual. Food insecurity is defined as “the percentage of households unable to provide adequate food for one or more household members due to lack of resources”. One straw bale garden can augment the food resources for a family of 4 for an entire growing season. Growing one’s own food provides a sense of pride, accomplishment, family time, time spent out of doors and ability to learn new skills while making an investment into moving from dependency to independence. Grace Manor Inc is operating a “mobile food pantry” from a donated school bus which allows people to select their own shelf stable food on a bi-weekly basis. This portion of the program is consistent and relationships have been built with those in need.
Many hands have created reusable sanitary pads that are distributed from the Grace Manor Mobile Food Pantry. These items are packaged in hand tailored crossbody bag with a plastic ziplock bag for soiled pads. Items can be returned to the GMMFP weekly or washed by user for reuse!
Grace Manor Mobile Food Pantry is now a Host Pantry partnering with Second Harvest of NE TN. Being "mobile" allows us to go where the need is the greatest~ bring food, clothing, personal hygiene items and the love of Jesus!
Mobile Food Pantry @ Bluff City Impact Community Center 3p-4p EVERY Thursday except 1st Thurs. of each month.
1st Thursday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. David Crockett High School parking lot
2nd Thursday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bluff City Impact Community Center
3rd Thursday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Daniel Boone High School parking lot
4th Thursday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bluff City Impact Community Center
Other ways to support Grace Manor's Mission:
The Mobile Food Pantry will ALWAYS be in need of:
Meals in a can
ALL personal hygiene items