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Non-profit provides 1,000 meals to children; 25,000 boxes to MNPS food pantry cereal drive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A local-non profit has teamed with a fraternity and a Nashville restaurant to offer free food to 1,000 children and 25,000 boxes of cereal to Metro Nashville Public Schools' food pantry cereal drive amid the coronavirus pandemic this week. The Achieve Initiative of Middle Tennessee Foundation is partnering with 'THE' Brentwood Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and TEN45 Nashville to provide a meal to children and their families in the 37208-zip code of Nashville.

The group said it will offer the food to 1,000 children on Thursday and has a goal of collecting 25,000 boxes of cereal for Metro Nashville Public Schools Food Pantries. Volunteers will distribute 1,000 pre-boxed meals at a drive-thru pick up station at the corner of 1106 Jefferson Street Thursday, beginning at 11:30 a.m., until all the food has been distributed. There will be no human contact to ensure volunteers and recipients are safe. “The biggest worry is that a lot of these children depend on schools for breakfast and lunch,” said Brentwood Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Polemarch Dewayne Collier, who is also owner of TEN45 Nashville. “Sometimes these are the only two meals they get a day and now that schools are closed because of COVID-19, we are hoping to fill that gap.” Cereal can be donated at two drop-off locations: TEN45 Nashville, 1045 Rev. Dr. Enoch Jones Blvd., Nashville, and Geico Murfreesboro, 510 N. Thompson Lane Suite B, Murfreesboro To make a monetary donation for purchasing cereal go to

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