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Metro Action Begins Application Period for Free Food Sites for Youth

3/2/2017
Lisa McCrady (615) 862-8860, Ext. 70144, Cell (615) 566-4710

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

The Metropolitan Action Commission is looking for partners that will serve as federal Food sites for Nashville’s youth over the summer.

The Metro Action Commission’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free breakfast and lunch meals each day to programs and facilities that are willing to provide free meals to school age children up to age 18 years old. This includes places such as summer camps, community centers, day camps, apartment complexes or any place where school age children will gather this summer.

“The meal program allows camps to serve these meals to area youth often times freeing up resources that can be invested back into established programs, as well as bringing meals to areas that may not have a program, but need meals for youth in their community,” said Lisa McCrady, Public Information Representative.

To apply as a site for the free meals visit the agency’s main office, located at 800 2nd Avenue, North or the website (www.nashville.gov/mac).  

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 Friday, March 17. Meals will be provided from June 5 through July 28.

Metro Action is the largest SFSP sponsor in Davidson County, serving 110 sites.

For more information call 615-862-8860, Extension 70120.

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.