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Metro Action Begins Application Period for Free Food Sites for Youth

4/30/2015

Free meals for school-age children to prevent hunger during the summer when school is out

Nashville, TN— The Metropolitan Action Commission provides free breakfast and lunch meals to area youth programs, day camps, community centers and neighborhood locations that will provide activities or a place to have a meal for youth during the summer months.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), administered locally by the Metropolitan Action Commission, is a national program designed to provide nutritionally balanced meals for school- age children during the summer months that may otherwise go without a meal during the day when school is out.

To qualify as a summer food site, the facility must be located in or near low income areas where at least 50% of the population qualifies for free or reduced meals during the regular school season. The program serves school age children up to age 18 years old.

Last summer Metro Action prepared 245,858 breakfast and lunch meals for 108 sites, such as summer camps, enrichment programs and community centers. This was an increase of over 20,000 meals from the previous summer. Metro Action is the largest SFSP sponsor in Davidson County.

Applications are available at the agency’s main office, located at 800 2nd Avenue, North and on the website (www.nashville.gov/mac). Although summer programs can apply to be a site throughout the summer, programs that are starting at the beginning of summer break are urged to apply by Thursday, May 7. Meals will be provided from June 1 through July 31.

Metro Action receives federal funding for the SFSP from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

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

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