Summer Food and Education Program to Help Children in Tennessee

Elijah’s Heart and Feed the Children Narrowing the Meal Gap During the Summer Months

Nashville, TN, – Thousands of children in the state of Tennessee do not have a stable source of nutrition during the summer months. Feed the Children is fighting to decrease that alarming number by participating in a summer feeding initiative with Elijah’s Heart at the JC Napier Homes/Apartments (648 Claiborne St.). This summer feeding initiative was designed to improve the nutrition and health of area children by offering them easier access to food and education in the summer. 

During the summer months, meals will be provided to all children aged 18 and younger, without charge, and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at a first come, first serve basis at the JC Napier Homes/Apartments Monday through Friday starting at 11:30 a.m.

“With the summer months approaching, we need to think of the children who will go without their school lunch programs,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., president and CEO of Feed the Children. “Through this summer feeding program, Feed the Children will help feed bodies, minds and futures as we continue our mission to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials.”

Feed the Children’s summer feeding initiative not only provides nourishing meals, but also feeds children’s minds. Knowing that education can help break the poverty cycle, the organization incorporates education into the program, providing free books at the site. Elijah’s Heart is also including mentoring, tutoring and physical fitness programs.

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

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