Since 2001 Turnip Truck has striven to enrich the community in meaningful ways. This year, we are thrilled to partner with Fannie Battle Day Home to further our mission of community outreach and education. By providing affordable childcare and support to families from disadvantaged backgrounds all year-round, Fannie Battle Day Home has fortified our East Nashville community for 127 years.During Fannie Battle’s summer program, the Turnip Truck’s participation includes providing in-store engagement to Fannie Battle’s 5-12- year-olds. When the kids come to visit our East Nashville store, members of our produce team educate young ones about fruits and vegetables that they may not be familiar with and their benefits, while our juice bar provides samples of delicious fruit smoothies that are low in sugar and highly nutritious. The most exciting part of the day is the visit to our beehives on the roof. Not only can the kids see where the bees live, but they also begin to understand bee behavior. Throughout the visit, the importance of bees and their impact on fruits and vegetables is discussed.
In addition to several summer tours, many Turnip Truck staff visit the Fannie Battle campus weekly. Our staff engage the kids by teaching projects that include raised gardens and other environmental works to increase perspective on the natural world.
This year we were also thrilled to be a part of YumEast, Fannie Battle’s main fundraiser for the year. It was a wonderful evening of music, delicious food and drinks and fellowship for the neighborhood.
There are many more projects in the works for the Turnip Truck’s mission of community engagement. We are incredibly thankful and lucky to have such an incredible platform we can use to to give back to the community that supports us.