FoodTruckr Heroes: Food Trucks for Freedom

In honor of Memorial Day, we’re excited to announce a very special FoodTruckr Hero: Food Trucks for Freedom, a non-profit organization committed to helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life after returning from their service.

Many members of our armed forces experience anxiety, isolation, and uncertainty when they return to the civilian world. They may have a hard time establishing connections with people who cannot understand what they’ve gone through, and they may not know what to do professionally with the next chapters of their lives.

That’s where Food Trucks for Freedom comes in. This organization was founded by veterans who faced the same challenges after their service ended, and who wanted to help other veterans establish successful careers and lives in the civilian world. The organization “empower[s] veterans to become successful entrepreneurs” by:

  • Providing veterans with job training and support.
  • Helping veterans foster the skills they need to run their own businesses in the food industry.
  • Offering low interest loans and grants to veterans and their family members.
  • Connecting veterans with networks and people who can help them succeed in various business endeavors.
  • Facilitating franchise opportunities between veterans and mobile food businesses.

Food Trucks for Freedom explains that, “It is our belief that the best way to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice, is to help them transition and succeed in civilian life after the military.”

We couldn’t agree more—after all the sacrifices our fine men and women in uniform have made for our country, we believe it’s so important for all Americans to help these heroes reestablish their lives when they return home. We’re thrilled to see the organization utilizing the mobile food industry to make this goal a reality. Pursuing entrepreneurship allows veterans to become financially independent, and running a food truck business in particular can be immensely rewarding and fulfilling!

You May Also Like...  FoodTruckr Heroes: Bacon Bacon

Food Trucks for Freedom held a food truck festival in New Braunfels, TX last November in support of their mission, and they are working on setting up another event for later this year.  If you’re interested in supporting Food Trucks for Freedom, you can check out their donation page, online store (where 45% of each item sold goes to veterans), and their Facebook or Twitter pages.

image from the Food Trucks for Freedom Facebook page

Recently on FoodTruckr

How to Run a Food Truck 04: Use Apps to Simplify Your Business Today’s lesson is the last part of our unit on your first few weeks on the streets—and if you’ve been following along with our “How to Run a Food Truck” series, you’re already one month into your food...
FoodTruckr Heroes: The Crème Brûlée Cart This week’s FoodTruckr Hero is truly doing some honorable work: fostering a sense of community through good old-fashioned dessert. The Crème Brûlée Cart, started by Curtis Kimball in 2009, has spent t...
How to Start a Food Truck 16: Get Insurance Alright, FoodTruckrs—over the last four months, you’ve done a lot of prep work and research to figure out whether or not a food truck is right for you. You’ve got your business plan, you’ve built an e...
Customer Service Tips For Food Truck Owners If you want to be a successful food truck owner, you need to be an all-star in so many different areas. You, of course, need to be an amazing chef who cooks up otherworldly foods, but you also have to...
FS005- Customer Service Tips and Marketing Insights from the FoodTruckr Team This episode of FoodTruckr School is a bit different—Pat’s not here, so the team at FoodTruckr HQ took over! Matt Gartland, Nicole Farley, Jonathan Wondrusch, and Mindy Holahan held a roundtable discu...
Business Bites: Twitter Tips, Heartbleed, a Must-Read Book, and an Audacious New Coffee Cart We've had a lot of fun exploring food trucks from the fan's perspective, but it's time that I play with this column's menu a bit. We've heard from you loudly and clearly—it's the business advice that ...
FoodTruckr Heroes: Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon Truth time: the food truck industry isn’t for the lazy or weak of heart. Notoriously restrictive local laws make it tough to even get a truck up and running.  Then, if you manage to open a food tru...
Let There Be Food Trucks: Why Cities Need to Relax Their Food Truck Rules Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a brand new guest post from Emily Farnan. Emily is one of the writers at MakeItCheaper.com, a UK-based website dedicated to helping business owners find n...
How to Run a Food Truck 03: Send Location Updates Before we dig into today’s lesson, we just want to take a second to recognize what an awesome job you’ve been doing so far! Whether you’ve been on the streets for three days or three months, you worke...
The 12 Days of FoodTruckr: 12 Reasons We Love Food Trucks On the twelfth day of Christmas, FoodTruckr’s giving you… 12 Reasons We Love Food Trucks! Merry Christmas, FoodTruckrs! We’ve had such a great time celebrating the holidays with you, and we couldn’t...
4 Ways a Website Brings More Hungry Customers to Your Truck A vehicle, a menu, and a place to park—these are the essentials your food truck needs before you can open for business. Once you're ready to expand, you might branch out by sharing your location throu...
The 12 Days of FoodTruckr: 7 New Things to Sell On the seventh day of Christmas, FoodTruckr’s giving you… 7 New Things to Sell! We’re hoping today’s new post will bring all of you who are getting ready to start your own food trucks a little inspi...
Six Seasonal Strategies to Delight Fans in December The holiday season is upon us, and your loyal year-round fans are getting ready to spend the bulk of their discretionary dollars.  However, as people cut their budgets in order to save more money for ...
How to Write a Food Truck Business Plan Maybe you decided to open a food truck after enjoying the most delicious tacos of your life at a place like Mariscos Jalisco or Calbi BBQ.  Or perhaps you realized that you couldn’t spend another day ...
FoodTruckr Heroes: Destination Desserts We love food trucks with really specific philosophies, but it’s even better when a truck’s mission supports a truly important cause. Today’s FoodTruckr Hero is a non-profit “social venture bakery” out...

About the Author

Nicole Farley

Nicole Farley is the Managing Editor at FoodTruckr and a food truck aficionado. A graduate of The University of Kansas, she loves writing, business development, connecting with food truck owners, and cheering for the Jayhawks. Connect with Nicole on the FoodTruckr Facebook page or email her at [email protected]

Love it? Share it: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter