Some of my favorite memories are in my grandmother’s kitchen when she and my aunts and cousins would be busily preparing Sunday supper, or when everyone was gone and Mamaw would let my siblings and I try our hands at cooking something. She always thought it was just the best. I never knew days when I had to miss a meal, or when a meal was simply just fuel to get by, but I know many of our friends and neighbors know those days as a way of life.
The strong food foundation I received is one that motivated me to look at ways the Settlement School could continue to meet the changing needs of our community, a hallmark of our work since 1902. In the last year, our foodways program has catapulted into an area of incredible interest and great service. In order for our community to thrive, it must be well nourished. And that includes more than what’s on the dinner table, too—in our education, our shared resources, our cultural goods—the whole of it works together for the greater good of all of us. Hindman Settlement School continues to serve Knott County, central Appalachia, and this nation with great excitement and commitment. The Annual Report is one way for us to share with you our successes and outreach, and well as numerous opportunities for your input.