Nonprofit food truck on a mission to feed hungry kids
Posted June 12, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Food trucks are a popular trend nationwide, with loyal customers lining up to catch a quick bite from the convenient rolling restaurants.
But there’s a different kind of food truck on the move in the Triangle – one that’s feeding hungry kids for free.
The mission of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Mobile Meals program is to feed kids who are missing daily meals served at school while they are on summer break.
“In the summer when they’re home, especially families with multiple children, they’re already low-income so they may not have the means to feed the kids lunch every day,” said Terri Hutter, who serves as chef on the food truck nicknamed the Mobile Tastiness Machine.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle has served meals for years, but this is the first time the nonprofit has used the food truck concept to bring food directly to neighborhood kids.
“There’s a lot of hungry kids out there,” said Antoinette Wilkins, who was the driver on Wednesday’s trip to Parrish Manor in Garner.
“Man, those kids just take off and come running out there,” she said. “They’d be so excited to see the truck come.”
Once the truck arrives, it's not long before the kids show up.
“Let us get set up,” Wilkins tells them. “Give us about 10 minutes, OK?”
Once the food is ready, a free lunch is always appreciated.
“When they give us the food, sometimes I eat it all because it’s so good,” said 7-year-old Adrian Bautista.
Each week, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle serves more than 600 children at various stops in the Triangle. But with 116,000 hungry children in seven counties, there’s a lot more cooking and driving to be done.
Wilkins said the mission is simple: “Just to see those kids happy and make sure everybody is fed and full.”
Visit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle website to donate or volunteer.