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Food4Good

September 06, 2017
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Food4Good is the only nonprofit food truck in Rhode Island. Julius Searight, a Providence native and Johnson & Wales University graduate, started Food4Good after winning Cox Communications’ entrepreneurial competition in 2014. Three years later, Food4Good is continuing to grow through its model of using revenue from its food truck sales to finance the soup kitchen run out of the same vehicle four nights each week. Every $5 that customers spend yields two free meals. Chicken sandwiches are the truck’s main food item—fried, crispy, grilled and even between two waffles! For the soup kitchen, Julius tries to serve more balanced meals. Food4Good is currently fundraising to buy a van that will help expand the free meals program and working toward launching a small nutritional program.

—By Francesca Gallo

Vehicle: 1994 Chevy P30; a former bread delivery truck fitted with a new engine, new suspension and new brakes
Chef/owner: Julius Searight
Follow on: Facebook and Instagram @Food4GoodRI; Twitter @FoodForGood
Most Popular Dish: Big ‘n’ Tasty (grilled or fried chicken on Texas toast with bacon and cheddar) or Chicken & Waffles
Latest Innovation: Chicken in a Waffle Cone “It’s a good way to eat on the go!”
Favorite Hangouts: Brown University and Johnson & Wales University
Rain or Shine: All weather for soup kitchen hours. For the food truck, if the event is still on
Most Served: Over 6,000 free meals in 2016
Upcoming Events: Food4Good fundraiser in late September, plus catering events
Local Purveyors: We Share Hope, Olga’s, Seven Stars and Farm Fresh RI donate for free meals
Get Involved: Donate a mobile soup kitchen night and help to create the menu

Article from Edible Rhody at http://ediblerhody.ediblecommunities.com/eat/food4good
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