Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Food Trucks for Families Helps Those in Need

I recently heard about New York City- based food trucks feeding the hungry in the City for free after Hurricane Sandy. While I was impressed with that, I was wondering if it takes a natural disaster for people to help the poor, the hungry and tired in their own communities.

Then, I came across Food Trucks For Families, and realized there are people who want to give back to their communities all the time.Craig Kimmel, owner of the Firehouse BBQ truck - which was voted "Best Barbecue" on Pit Masters last year -- started the organization. Food Trucks for Families plans to give 100 percent of the food trucks' entry fees ($100 each) to rotating charities and individuals in need. In addition, food trucks will donate leftover food from events to the hungry.

As a firefighter and paramedic, Kimmel says he is acutely aware of the numerous people in Orlando who need help. "There are over 500 homeless families in Seminole County, for example. If you know of a family in need - possibly even someone with medical needs who cannot pay the light bill that month - send in your request," Kimmel said. 

Orlando food trucks that plan to participate in some of the charity events include: The Flattery, The Crepe Co., Big Wheel, Twisted Cuban, Crabby Chris, Bem Bom, Yum Yum Cupcakes, Melissa's Waffles, Monsta Lobsta, and Saigon Sizzle. 

Food Trucks for Families' first event will be held at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Rd. in Longwood, on December 8 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Northland Church will use the donation to help feed the hungry. In addition, a food bank will be on hand to take leftover food from the event. I am so happy that this new organization is in our community and I urge all of my readers to help support it. Plus, you get to eat delicious food at the same time!

To find out about other Food Trucks for Families events, follow the organization on Twitter @FoodTrucks4Kids and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/firehouse.bbq.9?fref=ts.


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