Metro Parks offer three more community centers with child feeding program

Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 16:15:29-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Starting this year, three more community centers in Metro Parks will now serve hot meals and snacks at no charge for children enrolled in after-school programs.

The program evolved from the federally sponsored Child and Adult Care Food Program, which the state administers. With the additional three, this now makes nine facilities that will participate. Overall, the facilities serve 215 children daily.

"We are thrilled not only with the expansion of the program but also with its enhancements," Parks Director Monique Horton Odom said. "Two years ago, we couldn’t feasibly factor in organic produce. But in 2022, we are introducing some organic items on the menu and will be working diligently to have a greater variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Parents are rightfully concerned by the dominance of fast-food items on the kids’ plates, so establishing healthy dietary habits through CAPFC is our priority.”

The department offers a free after-school program for children, who walk to and from community centers. The program runs from 3 till 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at regional and neighborhood centers. Programming is open to children between six and 14.

The nine participating centers are listed below:

  • Kirkpatrick Community Center, 998 Sevier St.
  • East Park Community Center, 600 Woodland St.
  • Shelby Community Center, South 20th St.
  • South Inglewood Community, 1625 Rebecca St.
  • McFerrin Community Center, 315 Berry St.
  • Napier Community Center, 73 Fairfield St.
  • Looby Community Center, 2301 Metro Center Blvd.
  • Hartman Community Center, 2801 Tucker Rd.
  • Parkwood Community Center, 3220 Vailview Dr.