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Mayor Barry, Nashville Predators Join Metro Action on City’s First Mobile Youth Café

June 5, 2017
Lisa McCrady, (615) 862-8860, Ext 70144, (615) 566-4710 Cell

Youth Café s expand food capacity to Youth in Communities in hard to reach areas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Today Nashville Mayor Megan Barry named Ryan Johansen, of the Nashville Predators as honorary Mayor of Nashville. As one of his first official duties, he joined Mayor Barry and Metro Action Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Croom for a ribbon cutting celebration aboard one of four Youth Café’s on Wheels earlier today at the Cobblestone Corners Apartments.

Metro Action converted four former Head Start school buses into diners which allow the agency to bring free meals into communities that do not have access to free meals that are typically offered at summer camps or community centers during the summer months.

The Youth Café s are intended to increase the capacity in Nashville of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program that ensures all children, particularly youth that count on regular meals at school, receive nutritious meals in the summer months when school is out.

“Too many of Nashville’s children are vulnerable to the possibility of going hungry when they’re out of school, so it’s critical that we have food available for them in the summertime,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “The Metro Action Commission has done a great thing by converting old Head Start buses to mobile diners that can serve breakfast and lunch to children across Davidson County.”

Each diner will have free breakfast and lunch meals and are served aboard air-conditioned diners equipped with seating and tables. Youth will enjoy age appropriate activities and each diner is equipped with Wi-Fi for youth appropriate activities. The buses remain on site until breakfast and lunch meals are consumed.

In addition to Cobblestone Corners, Baker Station in Antioch and the Chesapeake Community in West Nashville also have diners available in their communities. Youth up to age 18 years old are able to receive the free meals each day.

Metro Action is the largest summer food sponsor serving 110 community centers, day camps, churches and other sites throughout Nashville and Davidson County including the mobile diners.

Metro Action receives federal funding through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services to cover the cost of the meals.

For more information on the locations of all Metro Action sites, visit the web page at www.nashville.gov/mac.

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