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Mayor Barry Joins Metro Action for Ribbon Cutting on City’s First Mobile Youth Café

Lisa McCrady (615) 862-8860, Ext 70144, Cell (615) 566-4710

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will join the Metropolitan Action Commission Executive Director Cynthia Croom and the youth of Cobblestone Apartments to cut the ribbon on one of four Youth Café’s on Wheels on Monday at 11:30 am at the Cobblestone Corners Apartments.

  • What: Metro Action Youth Café Mobile Diner Ribbon Cutting
  • Who: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Action Director Cynthia Croom
  • When: onday, June 5, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Cobblestone Corners Apartments, 501 Ben Allen Road (Playground)

The Youth Café s are intended to increase the capacity in Nashville of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program that ensures all children, particularly youth that count on regular meals at school, receive nutritious meals in the summer months when school is out.

“Historically meals were offered at community centers, summer camps and other facilities. However, the diners, which are converted Head Start school buses, allow us to bring meals to youth in communities that do not have access to centers and programs,” said Dr. Cynthia Croom, Executive Director of Metro Action.

Each diner will have free breakfast and lunch meals and are served aboard air-conditioned diners equipped with seating and tables. Youth will enjoy age appropriate activities and each diner is equipped with Wi-Fi for youth appropriate activities.

In addition to Cobblestone Corners, Baker Station in Antioch and the Chesapeake Community in West Nashville will also have diners available in their communities. Youth up to age 18 years old are able to receive the free meals each day.

Metro Action is the largest summer food sponsor serving 110 community centers, day camps, churches and other sites throughout Nashville and Davidson County including the mobile diners.

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.