Food truck works backwards to help the hungry

DALLAS — Hunger and food trucks go well together: Show up hungry, walk away full. 

That's the case for every food truck in Texas... except one. Because it's not a food truck; it's a Reverse Food Truck

Outside a Kroger supermarket in Lake Highlands, volunteers asked shoppers to buy some groceries to leave with the truck.

Gardner Pourcio came for a bottle of aspirin and ended up donating $20 worth of food.

"There've been times in my life when I didn't have any food; I had to go to food banks," he said. "If you don't have it, you don't have it. So where do you go?  Everybody should be doing this, because you don't know when you're going to be at the food bank, needing help."

Brent Barry is the Senior Pastor at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, which runs the reverse food truck. Yes, it's admittedly a gimmick, but Barry says it makes sense to go to where the food is — the grocery store — instead of asking people to bring food to the church.

"We're doing what the church has always done — for centuries — and that's to feed the poor and the hungry," Barry said. "We're just using a new vehicle to do that."

In its first year of operation, the Reverse Food Truck collected enough food and money to serve 16,500 meals in the Dallas area.  But unlike regular food trucks (which might want to keep the competition at bay), Barry said he'd love to see other groups follow suit.

"The more the merrier! We'll be glad to share our ideas... and we've even shared our food truck with other churches," he said. "We just want to find a way to feed the hungry in Dallas."

This innovation is a good work that's working.

LINK: Reverse Food Truck Facebook page


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