Today, you should… grab a plate at Trucks-giving


Today the expanse of 14th Street Park will be lined with food trucks, giving out meals to people experiencing homelessness. Each of the 14 participating food trucks coming from in and around Los Angeles County will be donating 200 tasty plates. Eighty percent of those meals will be handed out on-site, with plates also donated to surrounding shelters including the Mental Health of America Village, Century Villages at Cabrillo, Long Beach Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities and Multi-Service Center, among others.

The trucks will also sell a portion of those meals to the general public for $7 with all proceeds donated to the Mayor’s Fund to End Homelessness. This inaugural event, sponsored by the First District Council Office, is the brainchild of Karla Flores, owner of Mikhuna Peruvian Food Truck. She hopes this occasion will be more than just a one-off and will evolve into an event that could happen multiple times a year, not just in the city, but throughout the nation.

Here’s the list of the 14 food trucks you’ll find at the event:

Another great thing: There will be chairs and tables set out in the park where guests can enjoy their meals and as well as a DJ spinning tunes. Extending from the city’s Multi-Service Center and from Mental Health America Los Angeles will be outreach workers available to assist people who may need services. Hygiene kits and articles of clothing will also be provided to people who may need them.

Giving us a moment’s pause: Feel good—for once—about stuffing your face.

Trucks-giving runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 14th Street Park, between Pacific and Chestnut Avenues. Tickets for the meals can be purchased at the event with cash, credit or ATM card. For more information check out the Facebook page,  here.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers music, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.