Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition (W.O.M.E.N.) was founded in 1994 with the mission to bridge service gaps to reduce health disparities for women in the Nashville, Tennessee area. The organization provides a number of programs and services, including Full Plate, a food distribution program. Through the Full Plate program, a food pantry is available to provide non-perishable food and personal care items at no cost to those in need. “The Full Plate nutrition program takes a comprehensive approach in developing long-term solutions that ensure high quality, fresh foods by linking nutrition to needy members of the community,” said CEO and Founder, Catherine Wyatt-Morley.
The goal of Full Plate is to meet the nutrition needs of no-income or low-income individuals as well as those with health problems. The program focuses on three nutrition solutions: improving access to high quality, no cost food for homeless and low-income families, expanding nutrition opportunities through linkages to food stamps or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and providing nutritional supplements for individuals with compromised immune systems. The program increases the self-reliance of community members to meet the needs of their families, while promoting nutrition as a key to healthy lifestyles.
The food pantry is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and has served approximately 40 to 60 individuals and families per month since 2000. W.O.M.E.N. strives to continue the success of this program and hopes to raise $13,932 through Red Basket. $7,500 of the funds raised will be used to purchase food and nutrition supplements, $6,000 will purchase household items, $288 will purchase toilet paper and bath essentials, and $144 will provide female personal care items to meet the needs of their clients. Fill the plates of many individuals in need by making a tax-deductible donation toward W.O.M.E.N.'s Full Plate program today!