Bells Corners is the place to be Saturday, August 13. And bring your appetite—along with your family and friends. Twelve food trucks will be in the same place and offering delectable international flavours in support of the FAMSAC Food Cupboard, west Nepean’s emergency food assistance program. Hosted by Christ Church Bells Corners and sponsored by Myers Automotive Group, the second annual West End Food Truck Rally will take place in the church’s parking lot (3861 Old Richmond Road) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The FAMSAC (Family Services Association of Churches) Food Cupboard supports over 80 families each month, but saw a 30 per cent increase in demand this past June. This dramatic spike in requests for food, coupled with FAMSAC’s move from its long-time, rent-free home into a Bells Corners strip mall, has stretched the resources of the organization. As FAMSAC President Jeremy LeBlanc explains, “Growing demand for food assistance and significant operating costs have forced us to rethink how we operate and serve our clients. But thanks to the incredible determination of our volunteers and support from the wider community, we are rising to this challenge.”
In the past three months alone, FAMSAC has established new relationships with local businesses and community garden volunteer groups, who are now growing vegetables for FAMSAC clients. The food cupboard has also committed to purchasing new freezers and a commercial-grade refrigerator for its new location. LeBlanc adds, “We are looking forward to offering fresh produce to our families for the first time ever, in addition to the non-perishable staples that neighbours continue to donate so generously. The rally, we hope, will provide us with the funds to sustain this healthy, new initiative.”
This year’s rally features returning food trucks Ad Mare, Angry Dragonz, Big D’s Doghouse, The Merry Dairy, Mr. Churritos, Pizza All’Antica, Plátanos, and Sula Wok, as well as new participants Bytown Bayou, The Grilled Cheeserie, The Mobile Mayflower, and Rico Peru. An expanded Kids’ Zone will offer free games, activities, and face painting throughout the day. All twelve food trucks will donate 12 per cent of their proceeds to FAMSAC. Erin Coffin, Food Truck Rally Coordinator notes, “Their generosity will ensure that FAMSAC can provide local families in need with a variety of healthy food choices in the months ahead. We are so grateful for their support.”
Whether you are craving savoury or sweet delights, don’t miss the West End Food Truck Rally August 13. Admission is free, though visitors are encouraged to bring a toonie (or more) to contribute to FAMSAC’s refrigerator/freezer fund. Non-perishable items like cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, and kidney beans are also welcome.
The FAMSAC Food Cupboard, a registered charitable organization, has been helping families in Bells Corners, Bayshore, Craig Henry, Crystal Beach, Manordale, Trend-Arlington, and Woodvale since 1969. Christ Church Bells Corners, an active, intergenerational Anglican parish and a dynamic presence in the Bells Corners community, has been nurturing faith, serving the world, and welcoming all since 1853. It advocates social justice, engages in service projects, offers affordable community rental space, and provides financial assistance to organizations and initiatives at the local, national, and international levels.
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