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Nellie’s ‘Heroes Lunches’ to deliver 300 meals on Christmas Day

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The D.C. gay bar Nellie’s Sports Bar has delivered at least 1,000 free meals to local D.C. frontline workers involved in responding to the COVID pandemic through donations from supporters since late March and early April, according Nellie’s owner Douglas Schantz.

But Schantz says he was scrambling this week to prepare one of his largest single delivery orders on Christmas Day after receiving a $3,000 purchase of 300 meals at the $10 per meal price he established as a means of financing what he has called Nellie’s Heroes Lunches program.

The purchase was made by an individual who Schantz prefers not to identify who is supportive of the free meals programs for frontline workers dealing with COVID that have been forming throughout the

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