Nashville Rescue Mission holds ‘Day of Giving’

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NASHVILLE (WSMV) - The Nashville Rescue Mission will celebrate its 65th anniversary of serving the homeless community with a celebration open to the public on Thursday.

Festivities will begin at 10:15 a.m. with the dedication of a new box truck donated and packed with food by Kroger as part of their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative.

After the dedication, kids can play inflatable games and musical entertainment will be on site. A cookout at 11:00 a.m. will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, and other summer foods.

“The city of Nashville has been so kind and compassionate to those seeking help through Nashville Rescue Mission,” Rev. Glenn Cranfield, president and CEO of the Mission said in a statement. “This 65th anniversary is an opportunity for us to celebrate the support of this generous community. We are delighted to have Maria Lee, the First Lady of Tennessee, in attendance with us as we cut the ribbon on our new box truck. We are incredibly grateful to Kroger for their generosity in donating this new truck.” 

Every year, Nashville Rescue Mission picks up over 450,000 pounds of donated food. Today, the Mission shelters 800 guests a night and has served over 20 million meals to the hungry and homeless. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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