Among the numerous literally and figuratively nourishing services that The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) offers the Nashville community, the non-profit is a food distribution organization for its food-insecure neighbors. Most importantly, TNFP supports its recipients, volunteers, employees, and the like to do so with dignity and grace. Exuding those very qualities, Tallu Schuyler Quinn founded TNFP in 2011 with community at the core of her mission.
Quinn was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma, last year, and then she immediately set out on a new mission — a mission of loving her community all while walking them all through the healing nature of grief.
Quinn is teaching what it means to live each day in the present moment, to understand that death is a process of life, and that grief is a natural part of the human condition. “It’s human to get mired in how things used to be for us or what we used to be able to do but can’t do anymore,” she writes in her latest Caring Bridge post. As her treatment continues, she’s moved into a founder role relieving her of daily responsibilities to focus on her health.
Yesterday, TNFP quietly announced their search for not Quinn’s replacement, but rather someone to continue her legacy. Here is what TNFP Jeff Warne said in the announcement: