The New York Food Truck Association teamed up with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Homeless Services to serve free Thanksgiving meals at homeless shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan on Nov. 23 and 24. That is the primary yr the New York Food Truck Association has given out free Thanksgiving meals.
This neighborhood initiative follows the work the New York Food Truck Association did in partnership with the Workplace of Emergency Administration to assist New York Hurricane Ida victims with free meals.
The New York Food Truck Association was impressed to proceed to give again to the neighborhood, mentioned Claire Kelly, advertising coordinator with the New York Food Truck Association. The affiliation reached out to the Workplace of Emergency Administration to discover out what space and what shelters had been in want of free meals.
“So often during the holidays everyone is trying to give back, and we wanted to make sure that the meals would be given to a place that was really in need,” Kelly mentioned.
They determined to park a meals truck exterior of Bedford Atlantic Males’s Shelter in Brooklyn on Nov. 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to serve 250 sizzling meals. On Nov. 24 the truck can be at thirtieth Avenue Males’s Shelter in Manhattan the place 400 meals can be served from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“It’s Thanksgiving, and this makes people happy,” mentioned Eddie Goldstin, a member of the New York Food Truck Association, who’s utilizing his meals vans to assist ship the meals. Eddie has been in the meals truck business for 11 years. He began out in the enterprise serving ice cream from a Carvel ice cream truck. One among his common prospects labored for the New York Food Truck Association and recruited Eddie to change into a member of the affiliation. Presently, Eddie has 28 Carvel ice cream vans and 5 meals vans all through the town.
At 6:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Eddie and Joseph Goldstin, Eddie’s cousin who can be a member of the New York Food Truck Association, arrived at Empire BBQ food truck’s commissary to load meals heaters onto the truck and fill black, plastic trays with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, inexperienced beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Empire BBQ, who can be certainly one of New York Food Truck Association members, ready the entire meals.
Two hours later, the truck pulled out of the lot and Joseph and Eddie drove to the Bedford Atlantic Males’s Shelter in Brooklyn and parked on the road.
Eddie stood exterior of the meals truck to hand the meals to passerbys.
“Bring your friends,” Eddie mentioned as he handed out the meals.
Joseph handed out meals to individuals from the truck window.
“It’s good to try to help the community,” Joseph mentioned. “I’m glad to see people eat their meal. They’re hungry, it’s cold outside and some of them don’t have anyone to spend Thanksgiving with.”
In contrast to many different Thanksgiving meal hand-outs all through the town, the meals truck brings meals to individuals as an alternative of constructing individuals have to go to the meal, mentioned Joseph, who has been in the meals truck business for six years.
“This was the goal, to help people. We wanted to give back in some way,” Joseph mentioned.
Up to now, the New York Food Truck Association has given meals to hospitals throughout the pandemic and needed to discover a manner to proceed to give to the neighborhood.
“Hopefully we will be doing it for many years to come,” Kelly mentioned. “The New York Food Truck Association is hoping that this is just the beginning of a lot of ways that we can give back to the community.”