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Hundreds of low-income families in Nashville receive food, supplies ahead of fall break

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Although it may not feel like fall with temperatures in the 90s, next week Metro Schools is taking the week off for fall break.

For some kids this would normally mean missing out on two meals a day, but thanks to one special delivery, this year they won't have to.

Napier Place and Sudekum Apartments is the largest inner city community in the state. Thanks to the efforts of a man who goes by “Papa Joe” Bradford, 800 families living there are getting a 25 pound box of food, enough to feed them for the week they're off school.

"We're doing this because next week is fall break, this is one of the most impoverished communities around and when the kids aren't in school they don't have breakfast or lunch that they would normally get,” explains Bradford.

"That is a huge blessing to these families, they're not going to have to think tonight how they're going to feed their family tomorrow,” says Aaron Hazel, who is with Feed the Children, an organization that partnered with Nature Made to gather donations.

Also included in the package, 15 pounds of personal care items, essentials food stamps don't cover.

And while the drive is geared toward Metro students, no one is going to be forgotten.

"We take it straight to the home because you have the elderly, the handicapped, mentally ill and they can't come out and get stuff sometimes so we're taking it straight to the door. We're excited because people who can't normally get this stuff gets it today,” says Papa Joe.

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This is the 17th year there's been a drive like this through Elijah's Heart foundation, created by Papa Joe and his wife.

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