Students get hot meals after school

Continuing our mission to educate the whole child and provide wrap-around services, the Metro Schools partnership with Nashville After Zone Alliance now includes hot meals for many students after school. Thanks to some Federal funding through the Department of Human Services, middle school cafeterias in the Antioch and Cane Ridge clusters are serving three meals a day instead of just two.

From The Tennessean:

The last afternoon bell may mean the end of the school day for most Apollo Middle School students. But for others, the bell serves as a cue to head to the cafeteria for a hot meal.

Four hundred students in Davidson County take part in the Nashville AfterZone Alliance program offered at most Metro middle schools.

The program, while focusing on remediation and enrichment, also tries to tackle food insecurity in the district where 72 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Nonprofits have helped open food pantries in various Metro schools and supply backpacks with food for students to eat during the weekend.

On Wednesday, Mayor Karl Dean brought up the back of the line at the Antioch middle school. He ate with the students before observing them in various after-school groups.

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