This article was originally published on Localvore Today's The Daily Beet on July 13, 2015.
The food trucks of the Burlington area are an endless source of culinary joys. These kitchens-on-wheels can be seen roaming among the streets every day of the week, the air behind them perfumed with the Pavlovian scent of deep fryers.
But there is a neon green and fuchsia number out there with a little extra pep in its step and a praiseworthy mission – The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf’s Good Food Truck. We met the team out on their maiden voyage and here is what we’re loving:
Good Food for All
The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf knows there are 19,000 food-insecure people in the county and that they’re feeding 11,000. While that is an astonishing feat, the team wants to reach those 8,000 folks. The solution – make the kitchen mobile.
Some stops are for selling their menu items, the revenue from which goes to support Community Nights. During these nights, donated food and food found through local partnerships (including City Market, Black River Produce, Full Moon Farm, and Lewis Creek Farm) is prepared and given out to those who need a helping hand in nearby communities.
The Good Food Truck knows about getting food to the people and how to fill their bellies with something nutritious. Their menu keeps the taste without that “I have to find a shady spot and take a nap” feeling that sometimes haunts us post food truck lunches out.
This may not be something to brag about, but we eat a lot of fries, and we are happier people for it. The Good Food Truck’s polenta fries are a new staple to add to our fried-and-brown repertoire. They’re light and slightly sweet with a golden crunch. The dabbles of tomatoey spicy sauce just make them all the better.
If you're a farm or food producer looking to get involved, The Good Food Truck is looking for more partnerships - contact them here with your interest.