Having previously been a co-director of Dash Garden Cafe in Nottingham, a Community Interest zero waste concept cafe based around using locally grown and sourced plant foods, Sam is keen to use her experience and enthusiasm to set up a food truck in order to feed people in need of sustenance.
Sam is inspired by projects such as "I Love You Foods" in the United States (https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/jaden-smith-vegan-food-truck-homeless-free-food-skid-row-los-angeles-a8996301.html ), and would like to bring something similar to the UK.
Aiming to fit out the van using reclaimed and reconditioned materials, in line with her strong zero waste principles, Sam will source local gluts of food and access Food Waste projects such as FoodPrint and FairShare in Nottingham, The Real Junk Food Project in Leeds and Food Works in Sheffield, diverting food otherwise destined for landfill, and create healthy plant based meals. Special attention will also be paid to allergies and intolerances, since Sam has personal experience of gluten intolerance and family members with nut allergies.
The aim would be to charge a nominal amount for a meal to those who are able to pay and encourage a "suspended" food token to be used by those who are not in a position to afford to pay for their food or drink. Being based out of a truck would enable Sam to provide food to people who are in vulnerable locations and those who would not usually access free food services inside buildings.
Sam hopes to be able to provide volunteer positions, training and work experience to young people and vulnerable adults within this project.
Sam is very aware that this is a very large project requiring at least £10,000 for the truck alone and a further £2,500 for fitting out, insurance and licences, but she has the enthusiasm, experience and drive to make this dream project a real success! Sam is also aiming to find other, creative, ways to fund this exciting project!