"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin."
---Linus Van Pelt
When you awoke on the morning of November 6, 2011, the world appeared to be the same as it was whilst you slumbered, but something was very different. There was a cool breeze in the air; damp leaves clung to the streets and sidewalks, people lined up at the Pancake Pantry and SEC tailgaters headed to their grills and into the stadium. The seemingly typical fall day in Nashville included a strong scent billowing through the neighborhoods of Richland Park. It was unusual, yet familiar.
Rumor has it that the Great Pumpkin Kitchen emerged from the hallows of Vine Street Christian Church under the darkness of night. As dawn broke, a mound of deserted pumpkins was seen at the fellowship hall entryway. A diligent team of individuals, known as volunteers, scurried around cutting, scooping and baking the pile of pumpkins.
Within 24 hours, this overwhelming ministry project was complete. The Great Pumpkin was able to return home knowing that the people of Vine Street had gleaned and prepared enough pumpkin for hundreds of people to enjoy through the feeding ministry of Nashville Food Project (formerly Mobile Loaves and Fishes).