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Meribah Knight / WPLN

It’s easier to say what the James Cayce Homes doesn’t have than what it does.

There is no coffee shop. No laundromat. No corner store. No restaurant or café. It’s hard to get a pizza delivered. Sometimes the mail doesn’t make it.

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Every year, the equivalent of about 10 million meals in Nashville are tossed in the trash, while one in six residents doesn't have enough food. That’s according to national research from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has chosen Nashville as a pilot city for testing food waste reduction practices on a national scale.

Over the last year as we've heard back from listeners, one thing we've learned is that our Nashville Symphony Broadcasts are often paired with a lovely meal. We listened — and reached out to a local chef and asked him to suggest a menu to go with our live broadcast of the Nashville Symphony's Bernstein Centennial concert on September 8 at 8pm.

Chef Andrew Coins, from Miel in Sylvan Park, answered the call.

Stacey Irvin / Metro Arts Commission

A series of dinners starting Thursday in North Nashville and running through Saturday is taking aim at gentrification.

On the menu — hot chicken — and it won't come cheap: Diners are being asked to pledge $100 a piece.

Joel Kramer / via Flickr

Unemployment in Tennessee stands at record lows, but some advocates for the poor nonetheless worry about how plans to reinstate the work requirement for food stamps will play out.

Their fear is that, in many parts of Tennessee, the jobs just won't be there.

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Demand for food assistance in much of Middle Tennessee has been declining for the last couple of years. But Second Harvest Food Bank is expanding anyway, as the organization finds hunger is becoming a more dispersed problem.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Food stamp recipients in Middle Tennessee are keeping tabs on potential cuts to the program. Food banks are watching the situation as well. Pantries expect a surge in need if federal assistance is slashed.

Emily Siner / WPLN

Three weeks before the restaurant Lulu was scheduled to open, the building on Jefferson Street was in a state of disarray. Cardboard boxes filled with dishwasher racks and food processors were piled high against the window. Workmen were installing floors and sinks.

Amy Eskind / WPLN

The Natural Resources Defense Council has chosen Nashville as a model city for a year-long concentration on reducing food waste.

The city was picked precisely because it wasn’t Portland or San Francisco, well-known hotbeds of environmentally-friendly policies.

Nashville Farmers Market Peach Truck Emilia Paré
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Nashville Farmers' Market has been through tough financial times, major policy changes, and even accusations of discrimination. But market leaders now say they’re confronting a new challenge: popularity.