As schools across Middle Tennessee close once more due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many young people are losing access to regular meals. An estimated 70% of MNPS students qualify for free and reduced meals, according to Metro Public Health, and with the return to virtual learning, these students and their families are now at greater risk for food insecurity.
In order to meet this growing need, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee has expanded its food distribution programs so no child, teen, or parent goes hungry this holiday season.
BGCMT’s food distribution hubs, under the umbrella of Club Fresh, launched in October as a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Club Fresh distributes free boxes of fresh produce for youth and families, starting at two Clubhouse locations. Every other week (Wednesdays in North Nashville and Thursdays in East Nashville), community members pick up food boxes at these locations, regardless of income levels or whether they have a child enrolled in Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Instantly, we saw a huge response,” said Eric Higgs, Chief Executive Officer and President of BGCMT. “Families were grateful to have access to fresh foods, often within walking distance of their homes, during such a difficult time in our community. With the announcement of schools going back to virtual, we knew we needed to expand the program.”
Club Fresh is now available in Davidson and Williamson Counties and on the weekend thanks to the generosity of a private donor. Families can pick up a Club Fresh box at:
Andrew Jackson Clubhouse (916 16th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208)
Chadwell Clubhouse (321 Port Drive, Madison, TN, 37115)
Cleveland Park Clubhouse (610 Vernon Winfrey Ave, Nashville, TN 37207)
Eagle View Clubhouse (1470 Eagle View Boulevard, Antioch, TN 37013)
Fairview Clubhouse (1814 Fairview Blvd, Fairview, TN 37062)
Franklin Clubhouse (129 Fowlkes Street, Suite 1000, Franklin, TN 37064)
Following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health officials, BGCMT is conducting regular deep cleanings and closely monitoring the health of all who enter their buildings. Participants are required to wear a face mask and comply with a health screening before entering the building.