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A volunteer stirs some good eats for the Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen. People searching for ways to help Loaves & Fishes can participate this weekend with its annual Louisiana Saturday Night fundraising event. SUBMITTED

Loaves & Fishes of Clarksville will hold its annual gumbo fundraising event Saturday that will spice up those taste buds all for a good cause.

Volunteers from the soup kitchen will dish up bowls-to-go of chicken and smoked sausage gumbo, homemade pralines and a drink from 4:30-7 p.m. during the Louisiana Saturday Night event.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fundraising event will be distributed in a drive-thru manner, according to Donna Richardson co-chair of the Loaves & Fishes events committee.

“We’ve been doing this event now for about 15 years,” Richardson said. “Last year, we had a gumbo cook-off, but this year, we had to figure out a way to back up and punt after the pandemic set in.”

Richardson said the gumbo is excellent each year and not too spicy for everyone to enjoy.

The funding raised will go toward the nonprofit organization’s capital campaign. Its new facility is scheduled to open near the end of the year.

Loaves & Fishes feeds the hungry and distributes food to area agencies through volunteer efforts, feeding about 45,000-50,000 meals each year, according to its website.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, adjustments were made with distribution efforts, yet the nonprofit organization continued to serve lunch six days a week at the activities center at the First Presbyterian Church on Foster Street in downtown Clarksville.

Extra food each Saturday for Sundays is given to its clients each week.

Loaves & Fishes continually accepts food, money and time donations from the community.

Details for getting gumbo, helping soup kitchen

The drive-thru service for Louisiana Saturday Night will take place Saturday from 4:30-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church activities center at 215 Foster St. in Clarksville.

Tickets are $15 for a single serving and $40 for a family pack.

For tickets, visit eventbrite.com and search Louisiana Saturday Night. 

The deadline for the delivery option has already passed.

For more details, email donna56924@gmail.com. Additional information can be found at loavesandfishestn.org.

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