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Metro Action Prepares to Serve Free Meals to Youth this Summer beginning Monday

5/31/2017
Lisa McCrady, 615-862-8860 Ext. 70144, cell 615-566-4710

More than 120 free meal service sites for Nashville’s Youth by Metro Action and Community Partners

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about how school age children will be fed while school is out.

The Metropolitan Action Commission has 110 summer food sites which includes community centers, day camps, apartment complexes and other places where youth gather that will offer free meals to youth beginning Monday, June 5.

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.

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 207,671 breakfast and lunch meals for 109 sites, such as summer camps, enrichment programs and community centers.

Although Metro Action is at capacity with 110 sites, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Metro Nashville Public Schools will expand the city’s capacity by 11 sites to serve more youth in Nashville and Davidson County.

Meals provided by Metro Action and many sites of the partners will begin June 5 and end just before students go back to school. The actual start dates, meal service times and locations will be posted on the combined listing on the Metro Action Commission web page by Friday, June 2. (www.nashville.gov/mac) or available upon request immediately by contacting Metro Action (metro.action@nashville.gov , 615-862-8860, ext 70100 or 800 2nd Avenue North).

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