Local church uses food truck to help the needy

Posted at 12:29 PM, Aug 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 06:56:55-04

According to City-Data.com, almost 13 percent of children in Western New York are below the poverty line. A church in Amherst is using a food truck to help the children who fall within this percentage at Windermere Elementary.

"They're in a poor area, so when we go there their social worker will give us names of those who need it and that's how we'll determine who needs it," said Emilie Piette, who volunteers at the food truck.

According to Daily Bread, around 60% of the students' families in that school live below the poverty line, while 40% qualify for reduced lunch prices.

The members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church have come together to create the Daily Bread Food Truck. Marketed as Buffalo's only nonprofit food truck, the congregation is selling breakfast foods from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the weekends. For every meal sold, a similar one will be given to a family who is eligible for free and reduced lunch at Windermere Elementary.

"Our police is 'get one, give one'," said Piette. "I can't wait to go to Windermer and give the free meals away and give to someone who maybe won't get a meal."

According to Piette, they have raised over 500 meals since July. 

The breakfast menu includes a breakfast bowl with potatoes, chorizo, eggs, and sriracha crema ($7), a breakfast wrap with bacon, egg, cheese, fried potatoes, and vegetables in a whole wheat wrap ($7), a strawberry and Nutella crepe ($6), and a ham and Swiss quiche ($8).

Piette says they see people from all around Western New York, including local customer Joyce Chace.

"Every Sunday we've been buying our brunch from the food truck!" said Joyce. "It's delicious... really delicious!"

The Church plans to hand out meals to the school in September.