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Ode to Otha's Virtual Food Drive

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Anita has been visiting Second Harvest’s Produce Truck since it first started bringing fresh food to her apartment complex. There are times when her knees are so swollen she can’t go to the store on her own. Having The Produce Truck come right to her takes away those accessibility barriers. “It’s still a challenge, but I know I can get down here. Someone is going to help me get back up.” Anita often shares her meals with residents who for mobility or health reasons can’t leave their rooms. Her favorite part about receiving fresh produce? “It’s fresh fruit and produce. It’s not junk. It makes you cook more. I’m eating healthier!”

Shae and Joshua

Shae, Joshua and their children moved to Murfreesboro in order to create a better life for themselves. They say that there are more opportunities in the bigger city and more forms of assistance that give them the chance for a new start. Shae says that the assistance they have been receiving has helped them to feed their kids three times a day. Right now they have set a goal for themselves to get a house and support themselves, but it’s expensive in TN. “If it wasn’t for this organization, my kids would go hungry.” says Shae.


Gallatin Shalom Zone is an afterschool at-risk feeding program for children of local residents. The children arrive after school to eat a meal, provided by Second Harvest Food Bank, and work on their homework with the assistance of afterschool program staff members, and play outside. The meals that kids receive at the afterschool program are vital to their overall wellbeing, “Many of the parents work during the day, and when they come by to pick up their children, it is very late for dinner. It improves behavior, focus, energy and everything that goes with food.”, says the Shalom Zone director.


Barry has been living in the area for a long time now, and he stops to pick up food at the Ark depending on the season — often winters are harder than summers. While at the pantry, Barry is also picking up some food to take to his mother, who is 83 years old. He gets some Food Stamps, but they are not that much. Barry is also disabled, he was a construction superintendent, but has been out of work since 2007. He also used to be in the Army. “I am a survivor,” says Barry.
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Neal & Harwell attorney Bill Ramsey will host the 28th Annual Ode to Otha on Saturday, June 4 at 2:00-9:00pm at 1711 Sweetbriar Avenue.

Ode to Otha will feature music from artists including Sharde Thomas (Otha’s granddaughter) and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, John Jackson & the Rhythm Rockers & the Rhythmettes, Blue Mother Tupelo, Juke Skywalker, Chip Greene, Bashful Mountain Duo, plus special guests.

All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Ode to Otha celebrates Otha Turner’s lifetime of music and his legacy. The event was established on the understanding that food and music have the power to make a difference. This is an excellent way to support a great cause while you enjoy great music and food.

Can't attend in person? You can still support by clicking the yellow donate button on this page!

Personal Progress:
23 percent of goal achieved.
TeamRaiser Achievement Badge
$5,000 Milestone
Raised $5,000 for the fight against hunger.

Goal: $25,000.00