Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cookshack Cravings food truck was booked solid with Kamloops events from March to October. Now that the province has advised organizations to cancel gatherings of more than 50 people, events in March and April have been cancelled, while events in May and June are on hold, said owner Deanna Bell.
However, Bell wants to make the best of a bad situation and bring some joy back to the community.
Bell is inviting people to come to her truck, parked on her property on Qu'appelle Boulevard in Juniper Ridge, to grab some tasty eats on March 19.
"I rely on the community a lot, and this is kind of something fun,” she said.
So far, she’s gotten positive feedback on the idea from her neighbours.
"Everybody thought it was a great idea,” Bell said. “They understand that’s it’s food safe, it’s by donation only, we won’t be touching any money.”
Bell has been very cautious posting on social media, making sure to clarify that it will be to-go only, and no large groups.
"You come, you order a meal, and you leave kind of thing," Bell explained. "If you’re doing a donation, put it in the pot, or do it for free, I don’t even care. I just thought it might be kind of fun for the kids.”
Depending on how the neighbourhood takeout goes, Bell is open to other ideas to bring food and cheer to the city in these difficult times.
"So far I haven’t had anybody say that’s a bad idea, and hopefully we don’t,” said Bell. “That’s why I was worried to start with.”
Given the gravity of the COVID-19 situation, some people have been subjected to social media shaming for certain actions that some consider a risk to public health.
However, as several restaurants have now moved to a “to-go” option, Bell said she plans to do the same until new provincial health orders say otherwise.
At the end of the day, all Bell wants is to bring some joy to the community that has so loyally supported her food truck.
Find more information on her Facebook page.
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