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Metro Action Commission to offer free meals to Nashville's youth this summer

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Posted at 2:16 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 15:16:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Free breakfast and lunch from the Metro Action Commission will be offered to Nashville's children and youth this summer.

Starting June 1, locations throughout Nashville and Davidson County will provide the meals.

The Metro Action Commission is being allowed to distribute meals from the federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) as grab-and-go meals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, the meals are required to be consumed on-site as a congregate meal; however, that rule is being relaxed, allowing the annual summer food program to continue, while still meeting health guidelines like limited gathering sizes and social distancing.

"We are appreciative of the parners who were able to either adjust their summer program gathering sizes or allow their buildings to be open just to provide meals so that children will have access to nutritious meals throughout the summer," said Marvin Cox, community services director with the Metro Action Commission.

SFSP is a federal grant Metro Action uses to prepare meals that ensure all children and youth who count on free meals at school are still able to receive meals during the summer months when school is out.

Metro Action also has three mobile cafe diners that will be located in communities that don't have a facility to accommodate the SFSP meals.

The food program will be offered until July 31. For a full list of all SFSP locations this summer, head here. You can also email Metro Action Commission at metro.action@nashville.gov, or call them at (615) 862-8860, ext. 70100.