In the Kitchen with Chef Tiffany

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We love providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and one of our favorite programs at Carver Market is our cooking classes! In a partnership with Food Oasis, cooking classes are offered at Carver Market to families in the neighborhood to learn how to cook using fruits and vegetables. Below is an interview with one of our fantastic chef instructors, Chef Tiffany Davis.

Can you share what program you are working with at Carver Market?

Chef Tiffany: My classes teach lower-income families to cook healthier. We incorporate more fresh and seasonal produce, as well as healthy fats and more diverse herbs and spices.

What do you enjoy most about working with Carver Market?

Chef Tiffany: The class participants are very enthusiastic and have a thirst for learning how to cook different things from different cuisines. I also like that I am able to get ingredients right next door from the market--ingredients that I, as a classically trained chef, use at home.

Can you share a story of a success from a cooking class?

Chef Tiffany: There are varying levels of success. Some of my students go home and make the recipes, and send me pictures of what they made.

What attracted you to Carver Market and Food Oasis?

Chef Tiffany: The previous Food Oasis program manager, Cicely Garrett, contacted me when there was a need for a chef. I had previously taught a similar curriculum in San Francisco and was interested in teaching again. I had no idea Carver Marker existed, and it was a pleasant surprise.

Can you share one thing you have learned from leading this program?

Chef Tiffany: It is always gratifying to see students come along and really take an increased interest in not just cooking, but food and flavors.

What is coming up next for Food Oasis at Carver market?

Chef Tiffany: More classes and meal kits. Stay tuned!

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Neighbors Change Neighborhoods

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by Jim Wehner

I stopped at the end of my block to say hello to Mr. Williams. No surprise, he was cleaning up the corner near the bus stop. It often becomes overrun with trash or overgrowth from the adjacent lot. I asked if he needed help, to which he responded, “No, I just keep this clean for Ms. Janice,” referring to another neighbor on my block. What an amazing man of service! Mr. Williams makes the neighborhood better.

Tom settles in at Community Grounds regularly. He and a friend commandeer the big table in the middle of the shop and are quick to greet people, talking with anyone who wants to engage. He can be funny and, at times, opinionated. He does not hesitate to let us know when something is amiss at Community Grounds. Tom purchased his home from FCS two years ago and is very involved in the community. He knows everybody and is active in the South Atlanta Civic League. He leads the code enforcement committee and does as much to support FCS’ housing work as anyone I know. Tom makes the neighborhood better.

A staff member recently told me he met James, one of the neighbors near our offices. James owns three rental properties in the neighborhood and collects tires in his backyard throughout the year to keep the neighborhood clean. He organizes neighborhood-wide clean ups twice a year. James keeps an eye on the FCS property as well and will call when something isn’t right. He is a huge partner to his neighbors on Gammon Avenue and a committed role model to young men. James makes the neighborhood better.

I could keep going. Without much thought, I could literally name another dozen people, not on FCS staff, who simply care for their neighbors and community in unique and helpful ways. It is the Kingdom in action. No denominational arguments. No church sponsorship. No outside volunteers. Instead, South Atlanta hosts a diverse group of people walking out their faith by how they care for those around them. This reality is the secret sauce of the FCS community development model: Neighbors caring for neighbors.

Today and everyday, I am thankful for the way God provides for South Atlanta through His people.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100 NIV (emphasis mine)


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A Final Sale Opens New Doors

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by Jim Wehner

If you happen to have a confetti cannon, this is your moment! It’s with great joy and hope for the future that we announce the official sale of the GlenCastle property.

Having officially closed on the property, we are excited to look towards next steps! The funds from this sale will be reinvested right back into South Atlanta, and we are eager to move forward on the dreams we’ve been plotting. We are passionate about affordable housing and are exploring innovative ideas to increase affordable living options in our community.

Many of you followed along as we made the decision to close the doors of this historic property where we worked for thirty years. It is a place that holds many special memories for our staff and for the many families who passed through the building over the decades. Last fall, we officially moved our operations to South Atlanta near our programs. This strategic relocation has allowed us to be closer to our neighborhood and the work on the ground, as well as to bolster collaboration with and relationships among all our staff.

We are excited about this new chapter in the legacy of FCS and the opportunity to leverage our past work to invest in our current initiatives. We will continue to share new programs and projects with you as we move forward. Today we celebrate the final step in this transition to being fully present in South Atlanta! Thank you for your support along the way.

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