Looking for an easy way to support your community? Eat!

Posted Thursday, October 27th 2011 at 9:27am

Many of you have probably noticed the multitude of mobile eateries popping up around Nashville. With everything from She Crab Bisque to Hiro Tacos, Food Trucks have officially invaded Nashville’s culinary scene. But what’s even more exciting than bourbon maple ice cream squished between two homemade chocolate chip cookies served up by the ladies of The Sugar Wagon? That the purchase of such a delectable dish benefits your favorite local nonprofit!
With two official weekly events (Food Truck Tuesday at Second Harvest & Food Truck Friday at the YWCA) and a score of other one-off events, Nashville’s mobile vendors are doing their part to give back to the community.
“It’s a great fit for the trucks and the charities,” says Laura Myers of Happy Eating, Nashville’s resident Japanese truck and home to the aforementioned Hiro Tacos. “It gives us a place to park & serve, plus it helps build awareness for the organization.”
Laura, along with Megan Lyons of Mere Bulles Truck and Crystal De Luna-Bogan of the Grilled Cheeserie, started Food Truck Friday - an ever changing mobile food court located in the YWCA’s Green Hills parking lot. Laura says it means a lot to help organize Food Truck Friday because they are women helping support other women (10% of the proceeds each Friday goes to the YWCA’s Weaver Domestic Violence Center). Thanks to Laura, Megan & Crystal each Friday you can find a rotating group of 4 - 5 female run trucks serving up delicious eats for the neighborhood. And hey, they don’t discriminate, so the guy’s trucks are allowed too.
The food court model seems to be a hit for both the trucks and the patrons. In fact, the more mobile restaurants the better! Instead of competing, when the trucks are parked together they draw a bigger crowd and that means more money for the organization.
“I love coming to these because it gives me the chance to try several different things from the various trucks,” commented one food truck enthusiast.
Hop over to Second Harvest and you’ll see an even larger version occurring every Tuesday. Started by B.J. Lofback of Riffs, Food Truck Tuesday also sees each vendor donating 10% of lunch proceeds to their host.
“We’ve already raised $2500 since August,” says Ally Parsons amateur foodie and Marketing Manager over at Second Harvest. “That’s great because every dollar donated to Second Harvest provides four meals for people in need.” For those counting, that’s 10,000 meals just for loaning out their parking lot once a week!
“The community has been really supportive,” continues Ally. “Whether they’re coming to contribute or they’re coming just to eat, people are leaving having learned a little more about what we do.”
From little league tournaments to benefit concerts, the Food Trucks are rolling in all over town to support their community. So do your part Nashville, eat a Melt of the Moment! It’s for charity after all.
Food Truck Tuesday is hosted by Second Harvest each week from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228. Food Truck Friday is located at the YWCA 1608 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215 also from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. 10% of the proceeds from both events go to the designated nonprofit. To find out which trucks will be present each week look for hash tag #FoodTruckTuesdays & #FoodTruckFriday on Twitter.
Abby Sasser

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