Murfreesboro was the setting for the “Fun Lunch” event as Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Community Action in America.
Event attendees were treated to free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks as agency employees were on hand to provide information and applications for agency programs. Face painting and balloons were also available for the children.
Community Action Agencies were created in 1964 following President Lyndon John’s Great Society speech, declaring ‘War on Poverty’. Community Action Agencies were created to be the ‘boots on the ground’ in this war on poverty. MCCAA was founded in 1971, and serves 8 counties in the Middle Tennessee region.
“In light of the 50th Anniversary of Community Action, we wanted to take the opportunity to get out into our communities to spread the word about who we are and what we do” said Kevin Davenport, executive director of MCCAA.
“Community Action brings such value to the communities that we serve: not only do we help the elderly and disabled maintain an acceptable quality of life, but we also promote self-sufficiency for low income families, helping them to become less reliant on government programs” said Davenport. MCCAA offers a variety of programs including Head Start/ Early Head Start, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Case Management programs, and others.
Throughout the month of July, MCCAA will host “Fun Lunch” outreach events in the other six counties served by the agency. For more information about the programs and services offered by MCCAA, interested persons may access the agency website at http://www.midcumberland.org.