The Wesley House Community Center is located in the heart of Mechanicsville in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Wesley House works with community members to provide emotional, educational, and spiritual resources through its various programs. The Wesley House’s food pantry was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It serves the immediate communities (Mechanicsville, Lonsdale, and Beaumont) as well as the rest of the city and county. This report outlines the history of the neighborhoods and the city’s current involvement in fighting food insecurity. This report also provides recommendations for a food pantry centered on client choice, protecting privacy, and maintaining dignity.
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Publication tags: Field Reports - Emergency Food Network, Food Pantries
Born in New York City and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Landy Lin is a recent Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Centre College—majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Social Justice—who participated in various anti-poverty and hunger initiatives throughout her college career. One being the Bonner Scholarship Program, where she interned for three years and completed 1,463 hours of service. She also participated in the National Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty Program, where she helped the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers pilot a county-wide program aimed at reducing maternal health disparities due to systemic inequities. She is a co-founder of the Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition at Centre College, the first in the College's 200-year history—one of her proudest achievements.
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Wesley House Community Center (WHCC) was established in 1907 to provide childcare for the children of the women of Brookside Mills. Today, WHCC focuses on three areas of service: providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible childcare social connections in the senior citizen population, and the emerging needs of the 37921 zip code.
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