Program Spotlight: Cheese and Thank You Food Truck

Program Spotlight: Cheese and Thank You Food Truck

At New Hope, we offer a comprehensive suite of services to individuals with disabilities in central Indiana. We want our community to see all the amazing services we have available. Therefore, we will be highlighting our programs in our monthly e-newsletter, The Heartbeat. This month, we are spotlighting the Cheese and Thank You food truck.

The New Hope of Indiana Cheese and Thank You Food Truck program is designed to provide individuals with disabilities paid job training in the food service industry to prepare them for employment.

Participants learn all aspects of operating a food truck including skills in:

  • Food preparation
  • Menu development
  • Business management
  • Customer service
  • Social marketing

During this training, the truck will be in operation, so the skills are being learned in real time and in real situations. With guidance and support from trained staff, program participants gain valuable transferable skills that they can take with them into the workforce.

Additionally, the Cheese and Thank You food truck program demonstrates that ability is often more than meets the eye. By connecting the disability community with the business community, Cheese and Thank You promotes inclusivity in the workforce.

Every season, Cheese and Thank You employs 3 individuals with disabilities who operate the truck alongside our Food Truck Specialist, Tricia Wernimont. Last season, the truck made more than 65 community visits and served up 1,621 meals.

The Cheese and Thank You food truck program is made possible by the support of our community, and we are so grateful for you all! The truck will be up and running within the next couple of weeks. Come out and have some of our delicious mac-n-cheese! Check out our Facebook page for updates on where we will be! Additionally, if you are interested in bringing the truck to your event or business, please click here.

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