VERO BEACH ― Thanks to a $100,000 grant from Impact 100, The Source has launched a food truck to provide homeless culinary students with the opportunity to get hands-on training with real customers.
The new Dignity Food Truck opened for business on Sept. 1.
The truck is currently scheduled to operate four days a week. Cooking begins at 11 a.m. and continues until the food is sold out.
The schedule as of now is Mon. and Tues. at Tropical Scooters, 1081 U.S. Highway 1; Wed. at United Against Poverty, 1400 27th St; and Fri. at Route 60 Hyundai, 8575 20th Street.
Customers can order at the window or by using the “I Am The Source” phone app available on Google Play or the Apple App Store. With the app, customers can view the full menu, schedule a pick-up time, and pay online.
“In addition to providing sustainable revenue for the program, the grant from Impact 100 will give our students who are in the Dining with Dignity program real time training, while interacting with the general public,” said Source Executive Director Anthony Zorbaugh. All proceeds from the Food Truck will support the programs and services of The Source.
The Source began in 1995 as a homeless ministry offering free meals in a small, 600 square foot storefront in Osceola Plaza. It has grown into a comprehensive assistance center, now operating from a 5,000 sq. ft. outreach facility on Commerce Ave. in Vero Beach that is open seven days a week. It provides many services including food, clothing, showers, counseling, support groups, hygiene items, mail and telephone services, and benefit referrals.
The $100,000 grant was provided in April, and the truck launched just five months later.
“Impact 100 is so proud to add The Source as a new community partner and to assist in funding their Dining with Dignity Program” said Impact 100 President Gladys LaForge. “We are honored to partner with them to help those in need in Indian River County. The Source’s reputation as a well-run non-profit and the outreach they provide make it an ideal recipient for an Impact 100 grant.”
Impact 100 is a women-led philanthropy organization based on the principal “One woman, one thousand dollars, one vote.”
“After an applicant is thoroughly vetted to insure they meet our criteria for an Impact 100 grant and the board approves the selection, the applicants are placed before the entire membership for their vote,” Ms. LaForge told Hometown News.
“Depending on the number of members, we award several $100,000 grants. Each finalist makes a five minute presentation to the members - last year, virtually - and the membership votes. The top vote-getters receive the grants.”
“The Source presented a novel concept with the premise being to help those who are financially challenged get the training they need to be self sufficient and operate a for-profit business at the same time. That is the makings of a high impact grant. Their message was powerful and I think it resonated with our members.”
Customers will enjoy the food and convenience, as they contribute to homeless culinary students perfecting their knowledge in the kitchen and being able to gain employment in the food business.