The Food Truck Pop Up at 13th and Locust is part of Dining Out For Life® hosted by Subaru®, which was launched by ActionAIDS in Philadelphia 26 years ago and now takes place in 60 cities across the country. Dining Out For Life has a simple yet powerful mission: Dine at one of 200 participating restaurants on Thursday, April 14th 2016 and that restaurant will donate 33% of their day’s food sales to directly fund essential HIV/AIDS services throughout the region.
Food Trucks participating from 11 am -2 pm this year include:
- Chef Johnny Bravo’s Surf n Turf
- The Cow and the Curd
- Cupcake Carnivale
- Farm Truck
- Foolish Waffles,
- GiGi & Big R Soul/Caribbean Food Truck Philly
- Mac Mart
- Mama’s Meatballs
- Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart
- Nomad Pizza
- Oink and Moo BBQ
- Phoebes BBQ
- The Tot Cart
- Surf n Turf Truck
To complement this enjoyable work break, Q102’s Casey Reed will also be spinning tunes from 11 am- 1pm. Designer Mondo Guerra, National Dining Out For Life spokesperson and winner of Project Runway All-Stars, will also make an appearance to nosh.
Verna Swerdlow was the catalyst for organizing the Food Truck Pop Up. “When we started the event, it just made sense to recruit members of the Philly Mobile Food Association to engage in our community (ActionAIDS) to extend our support. We used the food trucks as a ‘vehicle’ to be a part of something much bigger than our own personal gain.”
During the special evening participating restaurants, including Little Nonna’s, Fette Sau and Vedge, will donate one-third of the cost of your meal to the fight against these devastating diseases. At select participating restaurants, diners can also take part in 20-Percent Off Tuesdays. *Diners who donate $25 or more to the cause on the night of Dining Out for Life will receive 20 percent off their bills on any and every Tuesday for the remainder of the year.
Last year more than 200 restaurants and thousands of diners raised close to $200,000. Locally, nearly 20,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS and the rate of new infections is about two times the national average.
In 1991, Dining Out For Life was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. Dining Out For Life is now produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada.
More than 3,000 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining to the licensed AIDS service agency in their city. More than $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of 60 outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $1,150, all money raised in these cities stays locally.