By Allison Salz | Edmonton Sun
Edmonton’s most vulnerable got a hot meal courtesy of a pair of hard-working food truck owners Saturday.
Dozens lined up outside the Bissell Centre, at 10527 96 Street, for a free turkey lunch dished out by Bully Food Truck.
Owners Dean and Wendy Gossen contacted Bissell officals last week with the idea to offer up more than 400 hot lunches to inner city residents, said Bissell Centre spokesman Kyle Goertzen.
“They came to us and offered to help alleviate some of the food security issues that a lot of the people that we work with every day deal with,” he said.
“It’s an ongoing issue for some of these people. So businesses stepping up and helping us in this sort of way is a huge relief for them.”
The inside of the food truck ran like a well-oiled machine, Dean plated turkey and mashed potatoes, and Wendy topped it with a bun and gravy.
It’s not the typical offering for the “gourmet comfort food” outfit, but the pair wanted to show appreciation for the city that continually comes out and supports local food vendors.
“The community supports us as mobile food vendors, and we needed to give back to them,” Gossen said.
“We hope to make this a regular event — hopefully we can get some other trucks involved as well.”
In the middle of the line is Joanne McIntyre, behind a stroller that carries her 9-month-old daughter Faye.
McIntyre says they’re a low income family, and sometimes meals aren’t as easy to come by as they would like.
“For us, it’s a meal. We don’t get too much money in the month, so it helps us out,” she said.
“I go to the Hope every now and then, just to help us out. It helps out in the long run.”
The Bissell Centre says they’re always in need of donations, but are currently urgently looking for items to fill personal hygiene kits like razors, deodorant, and soap.
They also require infant related products like diapers, formula, and current, unexpired, baby seats.