For most of us, the biggest worry we have at Thanksgiving is that we’ll overindulge (can you say “food coma”?). But millions of people in the U.S. face a more serious concern: food insecurity, meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.
In Salem, Oregon — a state where food insecurity is higher than the national average — this Thanksgiving was a little different. Local food trucks and concerned volunteers teamed up to provide 150 people with hot turkey dinners with all the trimmings (mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, fresh baked rolls and pies and an accompanying beverage). The event was organized by a new food truck owner who thought all the excess food associated with the holidays could be put to better use. Read more.
What the Trucks did not overdo it this Thanksgiving, at least not as much as we have in the past. But we really like the idea of taking a few hours out of the day to help those who need it – people who lack the financial and family support so many of us take for granted. And it’s no surprise to us that a food truck owner was the catalyst for this free Turkey Day feast. We all knew food truck people were awesome, right?
Maybe next year we’ll do something like this in Boston. Who’s in?