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Bush beans Sponsorship Reaches beyond festival gates

June, 2020


The 2020 National Cornbread Festival may have been canceled, but that doesn’t mean that the community partnerships and outreach didn’t continue.  Tennessee based Bush Beans joined the National Cornbread Festival as a corporate sponsor in 2019.  Both Bush and NCF were excited to continue this partnership at the 2020 festival; however, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the NCF Committee was compelled to cancel the 2020 festival due to public health safety concerns.  Luckily for Marion County, that did not mean Bush Beans elected to cancel their partnership with our community.  Bush delivered two pallets of beans to our community.  One pallet went to the Marion County Community Ministries Food Bank, which provides monthly food boxes to Marion County residents in need of assistance with basic food staple items.  The second pallet was donated to Cornerstone Ministries, which operates the Sequatchie Valley Community Kitchen, offering free hot meals to area residents.  In addition to their product donations, Bush Beans donated a generous $5,000 to NCF to allocate to a worthy Marion County non-profit organization.  The NCF Board met and decided that, in light of so many of our community members being affected by business closings, the donation would make the most impact going to the Marion County Food Crisis Fund.  On behalf of Marion County residents, the National Cornbread Festival gives a big “thank you” to Bush Beans.  In uncertain times such as these, it is wonderful to have caring partners like Bush Beans to support our community.

If you are interested in donating to any of these helpful non-profit organizations in our community, contact info is available here.

This Tiny Appalachian Town Becomes the Cornbread Capital of the World Every April

– Southern Living, May 2nd, 2019

By Zoe McDonald,

Each April, thousands of people from around the world descend upon the tiny town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, to celebrate a Southern delicacy: cornbread.

South Pittsburg is situated next to the Tennessee River in the Appalachian Mountain foothills. More than a century ago, the town became the home of Lodge Manufacturing, a family-owned supplier of cast iron cookware….

Click through to read full article featuring a story about the origins of the National Cornbread Festival and the community that supports it!

Ten of South’s Most Mouth-Watering Food Festivals

– Smithsonian Magazine, April 11th, 2019

By Jennifer Nalewicki,

National Cornbread Festival

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