By Peter Bittner
Most food trucks serve mouth-watering tacos, burgers, or other delicious fare to customers. One local non-profit is turning that concept on its head. The Reverse Food Truck (Link to website: http://sacrft.com/), run by Sacramento locals Richard and Zoey Goore, collects donations of fresh produce, healthy non-perishable items, and monetary support to aid local food banks, schools, and other organizations. Aiming to help alleviate hunger and malnutrition in the Sacramento region and educate the public about food insecurity, particularly among children, the Reverse Food Truck (link to Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SacRFT)
Currently the Reverse Food Truck collaborates with the Sacramento Hunger Coalition, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, and the Jewish Federation of the West, among others. Hunger, especially in children, has long been a concern of the couple; children living in poverty are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes, more likely to need to be hospitalized for their illnesses, and less likely to finish high school. In Sacramento County, 1 in 5 people live in poverty and 1 in 4 people living in poverty are children.
“Sacramento is an amazing city, with so many community leaders and residents dedicated to making it a better place for all who live here. We are confident that this community will step up and help us put hunger in the rearview,” the Goores affirm in their pamphlets.
You can help make a difference by keeping an eye out for the Reverse Food Truck at farmers’ markets, food truck festivals, and other events in the Greater Sacramento Region, and, of course, donating fresh kale or your favorite veggies to help those in need!