POST SANDY UPDATE
How can we ever thank you enough...We are alive our truck is not only safe but it is doing incredible things. None of this would have been possible without you and I assure you what you helped create is an amazing thing. Where we left off was basically the end of the summer we had a brand new kickstarter account in the bank but rewards to fulfill, a truck to paint and a lot to make beautiful. Well the good news is first, the bad news is second and the best news is saved for last....
The good news is...YOUR T-SHIRTS ARE IN!!!!!!!!
AND BAGS TOO!!!!
Our good friend, master printer, and logo/graphic designer Tyler Pruyn of MadeUSA came through for us and all of you. Thanks Tyler! We will be shipping very very soon to all whose reward includes a shirt or bag. You'll get seperate packages for your other reward items. If its convenient for you to pick up your rewards from us in person we would love to see you and thank you in person.
So on to the the bad news...SANDY is a storm we will never forget because it hit us and the community we love particularly hard. Our tables are gone, our new fence washed into the beautiful waters we overlook turned angry by the superstorm. Still we feel fortunate when we look at our beaches and hear our neighbors talk about all that was lost.
For a minute all hope was gone and it seemed like everything was against us... but the world turns in interesting ways.
We drove our truck out of Rockaway to higher ground. Probably the most important decision we've made to date. The day after the storm we drove back in not knowing what we would find or if we would even have a business anymore. We hate to admit it but for a second we questioned if it would be worth going back.
Needless to say it was worth it and it will always be. Our community is filled with resilient people who even at their darkest moments seem to shine their brightest and pick up the impossible weight placed infront of them.
In the last 11 days we have helped feed thousands. Rockaway is filled with hungry people left out in the cold by the storm and those there to rebuild it. It has never been so filled with life in November. Despite the rubble the peninsula is bustling with city workers and volunteers. We have been very fortunate to be able to provide assistance to our community in need. We were the first business to reopen after the storm and very quickly realized a need for more hot food than just what we could produce. The first day we sold out of every item we had in stock. People scolded us to bring ample supplies for the next day knowing that we were the only place serving hot food on the peninsula. We jumped to social media reaching out to others we knew in the food community. Luckily, our distress calls came through. We owe a huge thank you to the NY and Chicago Food Film Festivals. On Sunday November 4th they brought a crew of 10 people to turn our second truck into a soup kitchen. They came armed with 800 lbs of high quality steak burger meat provided by Burger Maker. Quickly realizing that our secondary truck had been damaged by the flooding we came together with a plan to turn our truck, a vehicle for Food into a vehicle for Good. Since that day we have temporarily changed location in order to better serve those in need. We are currently parked on 96th Street across from Rockaway Taco who we also owe a huge thank you to. We are currently contracted with The Mayors Fund to Advance NYC. They have given us the necessary funds to hand out all of our food free of charge to those in need. Although this a temporary situation it has been an amazing experience and we can't thank you enough for making it possible.
We intend on paying it forward. We hope that we've made you proud and we hope that when the time comes (this summer) that we see alot of you at the food truck lot because we will stand our ground, we will rebuild and we will be made stronger by all of this.
SO If you are hoping to get your Shirt earlier than everyone else come down to the truck and volunteer. Rockaway needs you and nothing feels better than helping others in some sweet new threads.
Terence & Jared