The Cranbourne Food Truck, established in 2012, provides free food and fellowship to the homeless, poor and disadvantaged of the Cranbourne area. It's aim is to make clients feel socially included. Caring and supportive volunteers provide hot meals, fruit, vegetables and non perishable food parcels four nights per week in two locations. They serve up to 350 clients per month. It is only licenced for eating at the site - whether there is rain, hail or shine. This gives the volunteers valuable time to connect with their clients through genuine and non-judgemental conversation.
Approximately 60 volunteers help out on the truck in various positions, night and day shifts, plus drivers and cooks. The VET class in Hospitality at Cranbourne High School also help to provide meals for the Food Truck.
Other Emergency Relief agencies that work beside the Food Truck are Orange Sky (a free mobile laundry service for the homeless), Clean as Casper (a free mobile shower service) and Share the Dignity (a charity that gives sanitary products to homeless women and fights for domestic violence victims).
The ongoing costs for the truck include fuel, maintenance, insurance and registration, as well as food and power.
The Food Truck is owned and run by the Cranbourne Regional Uniting Church and they are supported by Uniting Community Services, the Cranbourne Rotary Club and other churches, schools and businesses.
The Cranbourne Food Truck were one of 60 organisations to receive the 2017 Premier's Volunteer Champions Award at Victorian Government House.
Reluctantly, due to Covid 19, the operations of the Food truck have been suspended for the health and safety of clients and volunteers.
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