Feeding program now available at three more Nashville community centers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Starting this year, three more community centers in Metro Parks will now serve free hot meals and snacks to children enrolled in after-school programs.

The program evolved from the federally sponsored, state-administered food program for children and adults. With the additional three, there are now nine facilities that will participate. Overall, the facilities serve 215 children per day.

“We are excited not only about the expansion of the program, but also about its improvements,” said Parks Director Monique Horton Odom. “Two years ago, we couldn’t really integrate organic products. But in 2022 we are introducing organic produce to the menu and will work diligently to have a greater variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Parents are rightfully concerned about the dominance of fast food on children’s plates, so establishing healthy eating habits at 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 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at regional and neighborhood centers. The program is open to children from 6 to 14 years old.

The nine participating centers are listed below:

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

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