Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tenn. expands food distribution amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 23:08:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee announced the expansion of its food distribution program. Officials say they hope the change ensures that no child goes hungry this holiday season.

An estimated 70% of Metro Nashville students qualify for free and reduced meals, according to Metro Public Health, and with the return to virtual learning, those students and their families are now at greater risk for food insecurity.

“Instantly, we saw a huge response,” Chief Executive Officer and President of BGCMT Eric Higgs said in a press release. “Families were grateful to have access to fresh foods, often within walking distance of their homes, during such a difficult time in our community. With the need only growing, we knew we had to expand the program into an ongoing initiative.”

BGCMT’s launched its Club Fresh food distribution hubs in October with the vision of providing young people and their families with healthy and nutritious food. Rather than distributing free food boxes at just two locations (North Nashville and East Nashville), Club Fresh is now available in Williamson County as well.

Thanks to the generosity of a private donor, families can pick up a Club Fresh box at the Andrew Jackson Clubhouse (916 16th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208), the Chadwell Clubhouse (321 Port Drive, Madison, TN, 37115), the Cleveland Park Clubhouse (610 Vernon Winfrey Ave, Nashville, TN 37207), the Eagle View Clubhouse (1470 Eagle View Boulevard, Antioch, TN 37013), the Fairview Clubhouse (1814 Fairview Blvd, Fairview, TN 37062), and the Franklin Clubhouse (129 Fowlkes Street, Suite 1000, Franklin, TN 37064).

“We are committed to the health and well-being of our Club members and our community,” said Higgs, “with your help, we’ll do whatever it takes for our young people to stay on track for their great futures.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants are required to wear a face mask and comply with a health screening before entering the building.