Summer Programs Serving Young People Encouraged to Apply for Free Summer Meal Program
Metro Action prepared over 225,000 meals last summer for Davidson County Youth
Nashville, TN— 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 a total of 225,689 breakfast and lunch meals for 109 sites, such as summer camps, enrichment programs and community centers, making the agency 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 Friday, April 4. Meals will be provided from June 2 through August 1.
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.