Metro Action Prepares Nearly 6,000 meals on the first day of Summer Food Program
Nashville, TN— The Metropolitan Action Commission (MAC) began providing free breakfast and lunch meals to over 100 community centers, camps, and other facilities where children gather for the summer on Monday.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides funding to sponsoring agencies, such as Metro Action, to provide free meals to areas where at least 50% of the population qualifies for free or reduced meals during the regular school season throughout Davidson County.
During the school year, 75% of Nashville's students receive free or reduced-pay lunch. Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process, and the SFSP is designed so that children can get the nutritious meals they need during the months when school is not in session.
Last year Metro Action prepared a daily average of 5,000 breakfast and lunch meals during the summer to 110 sites such as apartment community rooms, churches, summer camps and community centers. On Monday, the agency prepared nearly 6,000 meals.
“With the challenges of food affordability and accessibility for some families, we are grateful that our agency can provide some relief during the summer months as well as address the nutritional needs of the children,” said Lisa McCrady, Public Information Representative.
The Summer Food Service Program runs through August 1. Children do not need to sign up to receive meals. Meals are available at any SFSP site throughout the city for any school age child or young adult with a disability.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services receives SFSP funding from a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Metropolitan Action Commission along with other sponsoring agencies receives funding to administer the program in Davidson County. Metro Action is the largest provider of meals in Nashville and Davidson County.