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Media Advisory: Mayor Will Recognize Pilot Program That Provides Hot Meals at Afterschool New Grant Funds Equipment for Hot Meals for Middle-School Students


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean will visit an afterschool program for middle school students at 4:30 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 22 at the gym facility at Isaac Litton Park. He will recognize a pilot program that for the first time is providing hot meals as part of the city's afterschool program. He will also celebrate a $19,700 grant that funded installation of kitchen equipment to preserve and heat the meals.

The pilot program is in afterschool programs located at the Litton Gym and the Coleman Community Center, which combined serve 150 students. The two sites are part of the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA), which Dean created as a network of afterschool providers for middle school students in Metro Schools.

This is the first time that Nashville students have access to hot meals in their afterschool programs through the federal Afterschool Meals Program. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee provides the meals at Litton and Coleman. Metro Action Commission provides hot afterschool meals at two other sites.

Nashville was one of 11 cities nationwide to receive a Walmart Foundation grant from the National League of Cities, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center, which funded the kitchen equipment for the Litton and Coleman sites.

Mayor Dean will spend time with the NAZA students during meal time. He will also observe the NAZA afterschool programs at the nearby Litton Middle School. One is operated by Backfield in Motion and the other by the Martha O'Bryan Center. Students will be participating in a step-class session.

WHO: Karl Dean, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville

WHAT: Visit to Afterschool Meal Program

WHEN: Today, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Gym at Isaac Litton Park4510 Gallatin Pike