Eat the Street, Franklin’s first food truck-themed fundraiser, returns for its eighth run in early May.
Since 2011, the area’s growing community of food trucks have gathered together in Franklin in support of the 21st District Recovery Court. The event takes place Friday, May 3 from 5 – 10 p.m. at Franklin Bicentennial Park, located at Hillsboro Rd. and 3rd Ave. North.
The family and dog-friendly event will feature more than 30 food vendors and music by Franklin’s DJ Train. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets for picnic style dining. As always, admission is free, though donations are appreciated and will be accepted at the Recovery Court’s two welcome tables.
The 21st District Recovery Court is an alternative sentencing program in the 21st Judicial District that affords local nonviolent offenders, who suffer from addiction issues, the opportunity to complete an intensive two-year, court-supervised recovery program instead of or in addition to traditional sentences.
The Recovery Court is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2002 under a 3-year startup grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. It is now funded primarily through grants and private donations. Recovery Court participants also pay modest participation fees every week.
“Come join us for good food and good fun for a good cause,” said Jeff Moseley, 21st District Recovery Court board president and 2019 Eat the Street event chair. “There’s no easier way to help fight addiction in our community. As our primary fundraiser, we rely on the funds to help support this intensive program as we help break the cycle of addiction.”
The money raised through sponsorships and vendor fees enable the nonprofit to continue to provide program participants with the services, treatment and supervision they need to successfully manage their recovery. Since its first graduating class in 2004, more than 200 participants have graduated from the two-year program, demonstrating their commitment to be free from addiction and live healthful lifestyles.
For the most current event updates including participating food trucks, corporate and media partners, and road closings on the day of the event, find Eat the Street on Facebook at EatTheStreetFest or follow on Twitter@ETSFranklin.