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Kamloops food truck will be serving long-haul drivers as long as they need it

Owner Deanna Bell with her chef outside the Cookshack Cravings truck.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Deanna Bell
May 19, 2020 - 6:30 AM

With the province setting its sights on re-opening this week, B.C. residents are getting ready for some big changes.

Kamloops' Cookshack Cravings food truck, on the other hand, is keeping things the same and planning to feed the truckers—maybe even into the fall.

"The business is here, they love it, I love it," she said. "Why would we change?"

Bell was the first food truck in B.C. to take part in the Meals for Truckers project, launched by the B.C. Trucking Association April 4.

Since then, the project has spread across the province. 

There is no end to the project in sight and the donations continue pouring in.

Owner Deanna Bell with her chef outside the Cookshack Cravings truck.
Owner Deanna Bell with her chef outside the Cookshack Cravings truck.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Deanna Bell

Bell is perfectly happy to continue serving truckers at the Chevron Cardlock for the foreseeable future. 

Even if funding runs out, she hopes to do regular business in that location, as opposed to her usual summer events.

She said the truckers always want to pay, and most insist on tipping.

"I see the potential here," she said. "I already told (the truckers), I’m coming next year."

The only food available near the Cardlock is A&W, Bell said. Employees working in the businesses nearby buy from her truck as well. 

The truckers are grateful for the food, but are still having an issue finding facilities along their routes. 

"There’s this one guy, he couldn’t find a toilet in two days," Bell said. 

She hopes that the pandemic has made people appreciate truckers and the work they do a little more. 

"Everybody depends on those truckers, we get everything by truck," she said.

"Who knows where we’re going from here, but I hope some of the respect lasts."


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