You might be wondering, what is TAP? TAP stands for The Abandon Project, which is a nonprofit in Charlotte, NC that my husband, Josh, and I run. Our mission is to serve at risk communities that are not able to access basic needs and resources that would allow for a successful future. A few years ago Joshua and I moved into a low-income area in the East Charlotte community so we could “put our money where our mouth is”, so to speak, and show our friends that we are willing to struggle with them. We believe this grass-roots, sustainable approach helps create raw and real diversifying change.
One of the most pertinent needs we see in our community today is the necessity for knowledge about health and wellness. Over the course of my time in East Charlotte, I have experienced situations where single mothers have bought into the lie that to feed a family of five on a family-of-two budget, they can only afford frozen chicken nuggets and oodles of noodles. This form of dieting has caused children to incur type 2 diabetes, rotting teeth, and weak bones because they are not provided the proper nutrients required in a daily diet. The lack of education leads to a deficit in the knowledge of what a truly healthy lifestyle looks like. Along with this, much of the epidemic here in East Charlotte comes from a long line of generational misconceptions on dietary needs.
Though it will take a lot of persistent effort to break generations of bad habits, I am committed to providing this community with the resources they deserve. I have decided to pursue my masters in nutrition so that I can provide this community with these much-needed resources in order to ensure a beautiful future.
I created TAP Health Initiative for our community in East Charlotte about a year ago and have had weekly and sometime bi weekly meetings with elementary to high school age students, as well as with many mothers in the community. Not only do we cook, but we also participate in physical activity together. I provide health education classes for older children and their mothers. We learn how to cook healthy alternatives, and in turn cook these meals for the families in our community. At our weekly cooking class, we learn about proper nutrition, why we need it and we learn the necessary cooking skills so that we can create these meals for ourselves in our own kitchen. Not only do we learn about cooking, we also learn about mental health and physical activity. We are so humbled to say we have already seen so many success stories because of the power of this community gaining this knowledge. Mothers are now starting to come to me requesting recipes for their children and asking when we are able to come and cook and teach them again. I get text messages about these mothers increasing their water intake and pictures of healthy recipes they are now feeding their families! We have also partnered with a local meal prepping company who donates wonderful meals to these families that are fresh and locally prepared. There is so many amazing things happening at TAP Health Initiative, but so much more help is needed to give these communities the resources they deserve.
this is where you come in
My mission was to create a way to allow individuals to bless others
through providing a way for themto come to the table together.
This could happen through sharing a nutritious meal together, cooking together, going grocery shopping together, or even doing
all of those things indirectly. You might want to come on board with me as your Whole30 Coach and choose a sponsorship option,
or partner with me through sponsoring a family in one of the following ways, either way, I am so confident this will bless you:
- One on One grocery shopping trip
- Family sizes may vary
- One on One grocery shopping trip + cooking a meal with a family
- My personal favorite because here you get to share stories, laugh together and build bridges and relationships that could last a lifetime
- Anonymous grocery shopping trip
- Anonymous grocery shopping trip + Whole30 nutrition counseling for parent(s)
new client form
Fill out this new client form if you are interested in working with me! I can't wait to hear from you ❤️