Over 100 Summer Food Sites to Open to serve Nashville’s Youth beginning Monday
Metro Action is the largest
sponsor of federal food program in Davidson County
Lisa McCrady, Public Information Officer 615-862-8860, Ext. 70144 – Office, 615-566-4710 – Cell
Nashville, TN— On Monday, June 6, the Metropolitan Action Commission will begin providing free meals to area youth camps, community centers and other gathering places of school age children. Metro Action receives federal funding through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services to cover the cost of the meals.
“According to the latest KidsCount data, 73.8% of Davidson County children qualify for free or reduced lunch. This is an increase of nearly 2% from last year which was 72%,” said Lisa McCrady, Public Information Officer.
The SFSP allows Metro Action and other agencies that sponsor the free meal program to ensure all children, particularly youth that count on regular meals at school, receive nutritious meals in the summer months when school is out.
Metro Action is the largest food sponsor in Davidson County. 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. Currently there are 104 sites registered. Metro Action expects to reach its capacity of 110 by the end of the first week of the program.
“In order to qualify as a summer food site the facility must be located in a community where at least 51% of school age youth that qualify for free or reduced meals reside,” said McCrady.
The agency is still accepting applications from programs or locations that will serve a majority of youth from low-income communities during the summer. The site application is available on the Metro Action Commission website). Meals will be provided from June 6 through July 29.
A complete list of all Metro Action locations as well as other sponsors such as Metro Schools and Second Harvest will be posted to the agency’s web page by Monday.