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The Nashville Food Project delivers hot meals to needy areas

More than a dozen people huddled under an overhang outside the Vine Hill Studio Apartments tower on Friday.

Three women pulled steaming hot aluminum trays from the back of a truck and began spooning portions of mashed potatoes, bread pudding and pork chops into foam containers.

"You guys are awesome for waiting in the cold," said Tallu Quinn, executive director of The Nashville Food Project.

Nearly every day, rain or shine, the nonprofit group prepares and delivers hot meals to people in need in one of seven neighborhoods across the city.

Hundreds of people throughout the area receive meals from the organization each week.

In 2011, the Food Project, which originally started six years ago as Mobile Loaves & Fishes, changed its name and ramped up its efforts to provide healthy cooked meals to as many as possible.

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