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Every Monday, Food Trucks Against Homelessness brings a different food truck to Westside Cares in Colorado Springs to help feed those in need.
It’s a partnership that started in January with the goal to help feed people regardless of their situation. At that time, the organizers say they would feed between 80 and 100 people, but now that number is between 100 and 130. Organizers say the pandemic is a big contributor to the growing numbers.
“I would have to say that we probably spend, between helping the food truck if the food truck wants that reimbursement, we probably spend between $500-$800 a week between supplies and food and supplies to be able to serve that hot meal,” said Tracey Porter with Food Trucks Against Homelessness.
Tracey says they see a lot of familiar faces, that includes Mary Sand. Sand has been homeless for four years and says getting these meals guarantees her something to eat at least once a week.
“At least once a week I know I’m going to eat. I’m in fourth stage, so it’s important that I try to get my nutrition and keep it going, [but it] doesn’t always happen that way. It’s nice to know that somebody cares,” said Sand.
Food Trucks Against Homelessness offers up to $200 for the food trucks to come out. On Monday, Mischef food truck served homemade meals to 105 people. After three years, the pandemic is forcing the truck to close, the owners chose to make serving the homeless their last gig.
“As a chef, it’s food integrity. I know that they don’t always eat well when they’re in the streets. It’s scraps and things like that, and I think people don’t always serve them well. To me it’s really important that they eat well and eat food that I would eat and share with everyone that would come to the truck,” said Albert Bolz, the owner.
Food Trucks Against Homelessness also gives out essentials like socks, hats, gloves, and underwear. Right now they are in need of those donations. They accept monetary and physical donations. If you would like to donate you can visit their Facebook page.