We're working with our community partners to help families in need during school closures.
IMPORTANT UPDATEThursday, Jan. 21, 8:48 p.m.
Due to the incredible response, food distribution centers will NOT be open tomorrow morning, Friday, January 22, as originally planned. All 2,500 boxes of food were distributed to Metro Schools families this afternoon, and there are none left.
We appreciate the amazing effort from Second Harvest, the Mayor’s Office, United Way, Hands on Nashville, Metro Schools employees and volunteers. Thousands of families were touched by their kindness today.
Metro Schools, in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way and Hands on Nashville, is distributing 2,500 food boxes to Nashville families who are experiencing extra need due to difficult travel and school closures in the winter weather. Distribution centers will be open in eleven schools across Nashville.
“We know many of our students depend on us for two healthy meals every school day,” said Tony Majors, chief support services officer for Metro Schools. “When schools are closed and roads are treacherous for long periods of time, it may be difficult for some families to provide substantial meals. Thanks to an incredible network of partners in Metro Government, Second Harvest, United Way and the non-profit sector, we can lend a helping hand.”
"I appreciate the efforts by our Metro Nashville Public Schools, Second Harvest, the United Way and volunteers throughout Nashville who are coming together to ensure that kids do not go hungry because of school closures and bad weather," said Mayor Megan Barry. "I would urge all families to visit these centers today and tomorrow morning to stock up on food for the weekend in anticipation of more snow and ice Friday and Saturday."
Distributions sites will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. tonight, January 21, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 22, at the following locations:
- Bordeaux Family Resource Center 1910 South Hamilton Road, 37218
- Cole Elementary Family Resource Center 5060 Colemont Drive, 37013
- DuPont Hadley Middle 1901 Old Hickory Boulevard, 37138
- Glencliff High Family Resource Center 160 Antioch Pike, 37211
- Madison Middle Family Resource Center 300 Old Hickory Boulevard, 37115
- Maplewood High Family Resource Center 401 Maplewood Lane, 37216
- Napier Elementary Family Resource Center 60 Fairfield Avenue, 37210
- Park Avenue Elementary Family Resource Center 3703 Park Avenue, 37209
- Pearl-Cohn High Family Resource Center 904 26th Avenue North, 37208
- Shwab Elementary 1500 Dickerson Road, 37207
- Tusculum Elementary Family Resource Center 4917 Nolensville Pike, 37211
Each site will have 200 boxes with items like pasta and sauce, peanut butter, canned soups and other non-perishable items. If families have questions about distribution sites, hours or have trouble accessing them, they can call United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline or the Metro Schools Customer Service Center at (615) 259-INFO (4636).
“During winter weather events, the need for food assistance can be amplified, but distribution becomes more difficult. We are grateful for our partners in Metro Schools and other agencies in building a strong, centralized network for emergency food distribution when families need it most," said Jaynee Day, President & CEO of Second Harvest.
Food boxes are provided by Second Harvest Food Bank with help from volunteers through Hands on Nashville. Family Resource Centers are a partnership between Metro Schools and United Way. Distribution locations were determined according to data on student need from Metro Schools and in cooperation with location partners.