First Tennessee Foundation contributes $100,000 towards food security in Nashville

(l to r): First Tennessee Business Banking Relationship Manager Teona Chapman; TNFP Development Director Teri Forsythe Sloan; First Tennessee Business Banking Executive David Jones; First Tennessee Middle Tennessee President Carol Yochem; TNFP Executive Director Tallu Schuyler Quinn; First Tennessee Regional Strategy Advisor Tracy Oakley.

First Tennessee Foundation, the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corp., recently presented The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) with a $100,000 grant to support the organization’s efforts to serve and nourish the Nashville community. The contribution will support the construction of the nonprofit’s newly-opened expanded facility, its operational and maintenance reserves as well as the purchase of a new food truck.

First Horizon Foundation operates in Tennessee and Texas as First Tennessee Foundation and as Capital Bank Foundation in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

“First Tennessee Foundation is pleased to provide a grant that will help enable the Nashville Food Project to continue expanding its efforts to serve our city,” said First Tennessee Bank’s Middle Tennessee President Carol Yochem. “The Nashville Food Project works diligently to ensure a vision of healthy, community food security including delivery to school programs, ESL classes and emergency shelters.”

After the presentation, First Tennessee Bank executives were given a tour of the organization’s new 6,000-square-foot facility, which celebrated its official dedication and served its first meal in its new community dining space on Jan. 27. The new facility features an expanded, commercially licensed kitchen space that increases TNFP’s capacity to produce high quality meals nearly five-fold: the kitchen can now produce nearly 1,000 meals per day, up from 200 meals per day before the renovation. The new facility also tripled TNFP’s cold food storage capacity, which will help prevent food waste.

“First Tennessee Foundation and First Tennessee Bank have been instrumental in helping The Nashville Food Project enter the home stretch of our $4.2 million fundraising goal,” said The Nashville Food Project’s Development Director Teri Forsythe Sloan. “We’re grateful to count the bank as a significant community partner as we continue to raise funds for our new facility and maintenance reserves.”

First Horizon Foundation, doing business as First Tennessee Foundation and Capital Bank Foundation, is the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of First Tennessee Bank National Association (operating as Capital Bank and First Tennessee Bank). Founded in 1993, our foundation has donated more than $90 million to meet community needs. First Horizon Foundation has been honored for leadership in philanthropy and community involvement, and recognized by the American Bankers Association for our outstanding work in the community. More information is available: or at