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Clarksville Downtown Market to hold “FUEL the Bus” event this Saturday

 

FUEL Program provides food for children in need

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Clarksville Police and the City of Clarksville are hosting the second annual “FUEL the Bus” event from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 at the Clarksville Downtown Market.

The food-collection event supports the FUEL Program, a non-profit that provides take-home meals to thousands of Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) students who may not otherwise have access to food at home. The program increased its efforts in March to ensure children in need are receiving food during school closures caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Clarksville Downtown Market

Clarksville Downtown Market

Many children rely on the meals they receive at school as their main source of nutrition.

“Denise Skidmore, leader of the FUEL Program, and her volunteers do a great job of getting food to youngsters who really need the help,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said. “I’m proud of our Police and Parks & Recreation departments for working together to bring this event to the Downtown Market. Especially in this time of extra demand, I urge market visitors to support this program.”

Donated foods should not require a can opener, refrigeration or cooking, and must be individually wrapped and ready to eat. Most-needed food items are: small cereal boxes, pudding or fruit cups, meat sticks, packaged crackers, granola bars, pop tarts and juice boxes. Perishable and bulk food items that are not individually packaged cannot be accepted.

The Clarksville Police Department will be on site to help with collections and interact with the public.

COVID-19 Coronavirus safety measures will be in place at the market. These include mandatory cloth face coverings for all visitors, optional curbside drop off of FUEL items, increased sanitation, and social distancing reminders.

The award-winning Clarksville Downtown Market is in its 11th year. It opens at 8:00am every Saturday through September 26th at Public Square.

About the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department OfficeClarksville Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of indoor/outdoor programs, facilities, nature activities and entertainment events for people living in Clarksville, Montgomery County and Fort Campbell. These free or reasonably priced, year-round experiences help residents enhance their health, wellness, and social engagement — resulting in a stronger, better community.

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and activities for all ages, maintains more than 700 acres of parks and facilities, provides 22 park facilities that offer a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and pavilions or picnic shelters and maintains three community centers with year-round programming for youth, adults and seniors, as well as four public swimming pools

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is located at 102 Public Square, Clarksville.

To learn more call 931.645.7476.


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