My name is Liz and my husband and I own the Crazy Cubans Food Truck.
We started our mission to help our community on March 15 when we found that some of the kids in our community would not have food for breakfast and lunch with the schools being closed. We immediately opened up our food truck and began cooking meals for families in need so that they wouldn’t be stressed. We made the food available for pick up, but actually ended up delivering some meals personally to the doorsteps of families who had no transportation. We even took food twice a day to the same families so that their meals would be hot.
We went to every store and got what we were able to, and a food supplier and distributor opened an account for us to order supplies that we could not find in the store. The supplier typically only works with brick and mortar stores, not food trucks, but they wanted to help us out because of what we were doing.
Later, when we learned that a lot of truck drivers were having trouble finding places to eat, we went and set up our truck at a truck wash. Many of the drivers chose to pay it forward and buy meals for other people. At the end of the day, we donated what food was left to the truck wash employees so that they would not have to go and find a place to eat.
We ended up taking a hit financially and ran out of funds to keep providing meals at that rate. But now more organizations are helping out with the kids and families, so we are not needed as much. We were so busy feeding everyone else during those first weeks that we didn’t even have time to buy groceries for ourselves. But it was still worth it. I have memories as a child of how people helped out my family, and my husband is a former Marine and Florida Deputy Sheriff, so he understands what it means to look out for others and not just for yourself. We actually learned that one of his fellow officers died from COVID-19, so this has recently become even more personal.
Sometimes people will pay it forward and we’ve been using that to help Seniors in the area who need to eat. We just want to help however we can. In times like these, we need to remain positive, have hope and be there for one another. We will get through this. We are all in it together.
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