26 Jun Cheese and Thank You is Taking a Break
We know our loyal fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Cheese and Thank You food truck and its mouthwatering mac-n-cheese topped with BBQ pulled pork, veggies or buffalo chicken.
Unfortunately, New Hope of Indiana has made the difficult decision not to send the truck out into the community this year and to put the program on the back burner for now.
The decision was made out of an abundance of caution because of the health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would be incredibly difficult for our client staff members to socially distance in the tight spaces on the truck and in our prep kitchen. While we love serving mac-n-cheese to the community, our priority is to serve the individuals who work on the truck, learning valuable job skills. Because we can’t do this safely, taking the season off is the most responsible step to take. However, never fear, the truck WILL be back in 2021!
Cheese and Thank You remains the only food truck in the Midwest in which all the food is prepared by, marketed and served by young adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Our inaugural year in 2019 was incredible and generated a lot of attention. We were so excited to build on that success and were even planning to feed our first wedding reception crowd this year!
We had already selected participants for the 2020 season before the pandemic hit and we will hold spots for those young people who still wish to participate in the Cheese and Thank You food truck program next year.
If you want to learn more about the other ways New Hope of Indiana is training disabled Hoosiers to be in the workforce, visit our Vocational Services page or read about our AIM Program. We hope that you will continue supporting New Hope and its clients. We can’t wait to get back to work and satisfy more than your hunger with Cheese and Thank You.
Judith DavisPosted at 18:10h, 30 June
Looking forward to seeing Cheese and Thank You back serving the Indianapolis community. Kathy Ballard deserves a lot of credit for creating and managing this New Hope program!