An after school dinner program for needy students is feeding children from hungry families at 35 schools in the Metro Nashville Public School area.
In a district where over 73 percent of the families are eligible for free and reduced price lunch, the after school supper is to combat hunger. “We have an opportunity through no tax cost to offer an opportunity a supper instead of a snack,” said Jennifer Bell, director of extended learning programs. “That is ensuring that our students don’t go home hungry and those that participate in after-school programs aren’t distracted by hunger.”
Students who participate in any after school program sponsored by Metro Schools, including those hosted by NAZA and YMCA are eligible for supper.
In addition, Nashville has expanded summer food programs, including those that get meals to kids in an accessible location when they are not in school. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision program, the district has provided free meals to students when school is in session since 2014-15.