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The mobile kitchen partners with after-school events, farmers' markets, and local food distribution programs that provide fresh-from-the farm-produce at affordable prices. One of their close partners is local nonprofit the Share Food Program, which provides affordable fresh food access to the city through a $20 box of seasonal fruits and vegetables and varying types of protein.
The veggie food truck is an outgrowth of the Vetri Community Partnership which brings fresh, seasonal, cooked-from-scratch meals to schools in communities in need. Amy Falkenstein, Community Outreach Manager, says, "Mostly, the recipes are created to encourage really great conversation about the seasonal ingredients and cooking techniques. We focus in on how make the ingredients taste great, expose the audience to new flavors, and work through all the possible ways they could make the dish on their own."
The Mobile Teaching Kitchen launched in October 2016, but it's been a grassroots success so far.
"Recently at the farmer's market they sold out of kale because the demonstration pushed that buying power," Falkenstein says, "I'm learning every single day with the truck that people just want to learn and be engaged. Things they thought they didn't like, they're finding out that sometimes they really do."
See more from the Vetri Community Partnership here (formerly named the Vetri Foundation for Children):