The Northwest family YMCA in Bordeux is one of 159 locations in Davidson County fighting hunger while school is out.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Goodall Homes are also working together to battle hunger this summer.
“It’s part of our heritage to make sure we do that, to make sure that folks are fed and that they don’t go home hungry and that they are making sure they go home nourished,” Bob Goodall, President of Goodall Homes, explained to News 2.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was there for the celebration Wednesday.
According to Mayor Dean, around 70% of the students in Metro schools receive free and reduced lunch and it does not need to end when school lets out.
“I really appreciate the enthusiasm with everybody involved to make this as successful as possible,” he said.
Last year, 43,000 meals were served during the summer months, but partners are looking to surpass that number this year.
“Children in order to learn and to grow have to have good proper nutrition,” Jaynee Day, President and CEO at Second Harvest, expressed at the news conference.
The Summer Food Service Program is also launching in additional YMCA’s, libraries and community organizations over the next eight weeks.