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Free Nashville zoo admission with donation of food

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Posted at 1:06 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 14:06:42-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Want to go to the Nashville zoo for free? Well now you can while supporting a good cause!

Nashville Zoo is asking for donations of shelf-stable food.

In return, the Zoo will offer a complimentary admission ticket for every four donated items with a limit of two tickets per donation. Guests must be present to receive complimentary admission tickets which can be used anytime through the end of 2021.

Shelf-stable food includes canned food, jarred food, boxed food, snacks like protein bars and potato chips, and shelf-stable milk. The Community Resource Center encourages guests to donate popular items like peanut butter, cereal, canned fruit, canned meat (chicken or tuna), and canned vegetables.

All donations must be in a sealed container and no less than 1 month from the expiration date.

Nashville Zoo will collect all donations at the Zoo’s Entry Village gates from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m daily.

Zoo admission is not required to donate food.

After Feb. 13, the Community Resource Center will work with local partners to deliver the food to communities in need.

"Because of the pandemic," said Heather Reese, who donated canned goods Sunday, "families are struggling. We had the tornado then the pandemic hit. We have extra and why not give it and go to the zoo doing it...even better."

When the food drive is over, the Community Resource Center will work with local partners to deliver the donated food to communities in need.