Perishable food donation
helps to blunt despair
felt from Tennessee floods
May 6, 2010 10:05 AM
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has donated tens of thousands of pounds of perishable frozen and refrigerated food to Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief to assist with the flooding emergency feeding response in the local Nashville TN community.
Donated food was purchased by Gaylord Opryland for a conference of more than 1,500 attendees scheduled for three days of events at Nashville’s largest convention center. Some of the other food, for example, was donated by the restaurants and other parts of the resort not impacted by flooding.
The Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief Group will use the food items to feed thousands of meals to local citizens, evacuees, and volunteers assisting in the disaster response across middle Tennessee.
“Making something good out of a natural disaster is what makes this world go around,” said Carl Lord, volunteer for Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief. “Gaylord Opryland making this generous food donation will help thousands of evacuees and homeless throughout the state. We are grateful Gaylord called us to help.”
“Our incredible banquets and restaurant teams volunteered to help load the meat, dairy, vegetables, and fruit into the refrigerated trucks provided by the TN Disaster Response Group,” said Vincent Dreffs, director of catering and operations, Gaylord Hotels. “It has been a pleasant diversion, and now it is back to work.”
Tennessee shelters can also expect to receive a shipment of food items such as gourmet cheeses, filet mignon, lobster, and fresh produce.
Gaylord Opryland Nashville is the flagship property of the Gaylord Hotels brand owned by Gaylord Entertainment, a hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville. For more information, visit www.gaylordentertainment.com or www.gaylordopryland.com.
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