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Metropolitan Action Commission Prepares to Serve Free Summer Meals for Nashville Youth

5/27/2015

Nashville, TN— On June 1, the Metropolitan Action Commission will begin providing free meals during the summer to area youth camps, community centers and other gathering places of school age children. 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.

“In Nashville, 72% of school age youth qualify for free or reduced meals, which meets the National School Lunch criteria as a predominately low-income district. The SFSP allows our agency to make nutritious meals available during the summer to every young person from families with low-incomes,” said Lisa McCrady, Public Information Officer.

Last summer, the agency saw an increase of more than 20,000 meals served. Metro Action served 245,858 in 2014. In 2013, 225,689 meals were served.

The agency is still accepting applications from programs or locations that will serve a majority of youth from low-income communities during the summer. The site application is available on the agency's website (www.nashville.gov/mac). Meals will be provided from June 1 through July 31.

Attached is a current list of meal sites and times that breakfast and lunch meals will be served. The list will also be on the agency's web page by Friday. The list which will be continuously updated as new sites complete the application process, is expected to include more than 100 sites by Monday.

For more information call 615-862-8860, Extension 70120.

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