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Free meals for school-age children to prevent hunger during the summer when school is out

Lisa McCrady, Public Information Offcer (615) 862-8860, Ext 70144, (615) 566-4710 cell

Metro Action Begins Application Period for Free Food Sites for Youth

Nashville, TN — With summer right around the corner, many parents are making decisions about summer care. For some families, what their child will eat is just as important as what they will be doing during the summer when school is out.

The Metropolitan Action Commission is looking for facilities in or near low income areas where at least 50% of the population qualifies for free or reduced meals during the regular school season.

Metro Action’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free breakfast and lunch meals each day to summer programs, community centers and other facilities that are willing to provide the meals to school age children up to age 18 years old. A person 19 years old and over who has a mental or physical disability and participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program are also eligible.

“Whether children are located in camps and community centers or in their houses or apartment complexes, we actively research where children are and make sure we have sites that are easily accessible to them,” said Lisa McCrady, Metro Action Public Information Officer.

To apply as a site for the free meals visit the agency’s main office, located at 800 2nd Avenue, North or the Metro Action Commission website. 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 Wednesday, April 27. Meals will be provided from June 6 through July 31.

Last summer Metro Action prepared 252,473 breakfast and lunch meals for 109 sites, such as summer camps, enrichment programs and community centers. This was an increase of over 6,600 meals from the previous summer. Metro Action is the largest SFSP sponsor in Davidson County.

SFSP is a national program designated to provide nutritionally balanced meals for school-age children during the summer that may otherwise go without a meal during the day. 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.