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Free Summer Food Program Provides Needed Meals for Children and Youth

6/2/2011

Nashville, TN— The Metropolitan Action Commission (MAC) will sponsor nearly 100 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites beginning Monday, June 6.

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. The SFSP, targets programs and facilities located in or near low income areas where at least 51% of the population qualifies for free or reduced meals during the regular school season.

Last summer Metro Action provided 234,000 breakfast and lunch meals during the summer through SFSP) to 104 Davidson County community centers, youth camps and other summer programs that provide services or programs for children up to 18 years old.

“We are grateful that our organization can provide this program during the summer because we know the impact to the health and well-being of a child that may not have access to a meal during the day,” said Marvin D. Cox, Community Programs Director.

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.

The Summer Food Service Program begins Monday, June 6 through July 29.

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.