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Metro Action to Provide Free Meals for Children and Youth beginning Monday

6/1/2012

Nashville, TN— Beginning Monday, the Metropolitan Action Commission (MAC) will provide free breakfast and lunch meals to over 100 community centers, camps, and other facilities where children gather for the summer.

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, 80% 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 4,000 breakfast and lunch meals during the summer to 108 sites such as apartment community rooms, churches, summer camps and community centers. The agency expects to serve 110 sites this year.

“We are grateful that our organization can provide this program during the summer because we understand the value of nutritious meals for young people that may otherwise go without,” said Marvin D. Cox, Community Programs Director.

The Summer Food Service Program begins Monday, June 4 through July 27.

Eligible children and youth may receive a meal from any site even if they are not a part of the sponsored activity at that location. Meals must be consumed on site during the designated meal times.

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 seven other sponsoring agencies receives funding to administer the program in Davidson County. Collectively they provide meals to approximately 140 sites each summer.  Metro Action is the largest provider of meals in Nashville and Davidson County.