Karamu’s Mission is to provide low cost, high quality services to Tennessee’s childcare providers and the children and families they serve.


The CACFP is designed to provide good nutrition, but the USDA can only do so much. At Karamu we are committed to making nutrition easy and economical for providers. We do this by offering a host of benefits to assure that your CACFP participation is a pleasant and positive experience. Our benefits include simple and easy forms, a variety of economical pre-planned menus, courteous and convenient training & support, detailed reimbursement statements, and direct deposit of your meal reimbursement money. We serve practically every county and DHS district in the state. So no matter where you are in Tennessee, we’re there for you!


Every dollar you donate to Karamu helps us to continue to realize our mission of serving the child care community above and beyond our Child Nutrition Programs. Your tax deductible donations are invested back in the community through our child care conferences, child care referral service, and other outreach services.


Legal Name: Karamu Nutrition Program, Inc.

Founded: November 16th, 1992

Headquarters: Shelby County Tennessee

Type of Business: Non-Profit Public Benefit

Office Locations: Memphis, TN; Clarksville, TN, Nashville, TN; Columbia, MD


The Karamu Nutrition Program (KNP) is the largest and one of the fastest growing non-profit food program sponsors in Tennessee. Karamu’s founder and Executive Director, Dr. Vera Corley-Sims, is a retired childcare provider and a nationally known advocate for provider and children’s causes.


Karamu is a provider friendly organization which has built a strong reputation of treating its providers with respect and courtesy; Dr. Vera will have it no other way!


Karamu’s mission is to provide a variety of services for childcare providers. However, our core service is CACFP sponsorship. In fact, Dr. Vera originally founded Karamu to serve as a CACFP sponsor.

Karamu Nutrition Program Inc.

2670 Union Ave Ext

Suite 900

Memphis, TN 38112


phone: 901.327.8401 

e-mail: karamu@karamu.org

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Karamu Nutrition Program, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.

© 2017 by Karamu Inc.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.