Gov. Bill Lee, First Lady Maria Lee Celebrate Third Anniversary of Tennessee Serves

Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 05:13pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee celebrated the third anniversary of the first lady’s initiative, Tennessee Serves, by volunteering at The Store in Nashville.

Created out of the desire to transform the state through service, Tennessee Serves is a statewide initiative designed to engage Tennesseans in serving one another and their communities.

“I am so encouraged by Tennesseans of all ages we have seen serving across our state,” said First Lady Maria Lee. “Through highlighting and partnering with nonprofits across Tennessee, we hope to inspire even more Tennesseans to connect with and serve alongside organizations in their communities.”

Since the initiative’s launch in 2019, the first lady has completed hundreds of service projects across the state including distributing more than 205,000 meals to those facing food insecurity and 5,664 backpacks to students in the state’s distressed counties. More than 800 kids have completed 3,420 service hours in their communities through the Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge.

While at The Store, the governor and first lady worked the checkout counter and bagged groceries for senior citizens shopping for food and household items.