let's serve hope, nashville

Big Table launched in Nashville in the summer of 2021. Nashville boasts about 350 hotels and 4000 restaurants. The Hospitality and Food Service Industry is the second largest employment sector in Davidson County, only behind healthcare. The average salary for a full-time restaurant server in Nashville is $23,955.

Big Table comes alongside these hardworking people when they experience a temporary setback to offer support, encouragement, and hope. Caring for them strategically will impact the whole community.

We have so much work to do to care for Nashville industry workers.

Won't you join us?


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Brighter Days Ahead

My heart was so warm from all the love and support. From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful.

Candace recently completed a program that serves women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. This resilient single mom with two kids and two jobs was also juggling college classes. With Candace’s bills piling up, we jumped in with a Care Blitz surprise in partnership with local produce distributor, FreshPoint. During one of Candace’s line cook shifts, team members handed her $1000 in Unexpected 20s, which she used to pay off her tuition. Candace earned a degree in Criminal Defense and is now working as a Case Manager at the same trafficking program she graduated from. She is using her experience to guide and encourage women with similar stories, and we’re cheering her on.


let’s do this. . . together

You can join our grassroots Big Table Care Movement by simply bringing hope to those in need by intentionally caring for restaurant and hospitality workers in your everyday life. It could be as simple as giving out Unexpected 20s. You’ll find lots of other big ideas on How to Care While Eating and Sleeping HERE.

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unexpected 20s

Want to get involved right now? Try sharing some U20s! This is a great place for individuals and small groups to start partnering with Big Table. Big Table provides small envelopes that you fill with $20 bills and give out when in a restaurant or hotel. Simple and amazingly effective. Look for one person working in a restaurant or hotel invisible to others, or one that is having a bad day. It very well could be someone in the kitchen or behind the scenes. Then give them the Unexpected 20 envelope with a $20 bill inside. Tell them it is simply a gift for them…no strings attached. This is not payment or a tip, it is a gift. After the Unexpected 20 is delivered email us with a story of what you noticed or felt at stories@bigtable.org.

Need envelopes? You can print your own or email nashvilleinfo@bigtable.org to request some.

This is just one way to join Big Table’s mission to serve hope. Learn more about all the ways you can get involved below.


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(615) 988-0868

Mailing Address

PO Box 22656
Nashville, TN 37202

Office Location

631 2nd Avenue South, Suite A
Nashville, TN 37210

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