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Metropolitan Action provides free After School meals to ‘At Risk’ Youth

8/28/2016
Lisa McCrady, Public Information Officer, (615) 862-8860, Ext 70144, (615) 566-4710 cell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Action Commission announces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This funding provides aid to agencies to increase the availability of nutritious foods to children and adults.

The Metropolitan Action Commission partners with the Mayor’s Office of Children and Youth and the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) to provide snack and supper meals Monday through Friday to 125 school age children. The At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of CACFP offers Federal funding to agencies like Metro Action throughout the country to serve a meal or snack to children in low-income areas through local afterschool programs.

Meals are provided at no separate charge for eligible children at the following sites:

  • Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, 1417 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
  • The YMCA Community Action Project (Y-CAP), 1021 Russell Street, Nashville, TN 37206

In addition to serving at risk school age children, Metro Action also provides free breakfast and lunch meals through CACFP funding to 1,365 children at all seven of its Head Start Centers. Head Start is an early childhood education program for pre-school children ages 3-5 years old from low-income families.

This summer, the agency’s Summer Food Service Program, also funded by CACFP served over 235,000 meals to pre-school and school age children during the summer months of June and July. SFSP sites are located in low –income areas of the city.

“CACFP funding allows agencies like Metro Action to address hunger and food insecurity among children. Over 3 million children in our country receive meals funded by CACFP every day,” said Lisa McCrady, Metro Action Public Information Representative.

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