The Eating Clubs of Princeton hosted their third annual TruckFest food truck festival on Prospect Avenue on Saturday, April 16th. The event was a huge success and donated $33,000 to Meals on Wheels of Mercer County and Send Hunger Packing Princeton.
Trucks lined up along Prospect Avenue and live entertainment kept the 5,000 hungry students and local residents amused while they enjoyed a variety of cuisines in the beautiful spring sun.
Over 15 local food trucks were in attendance, including The FEED Truck, Fork in the Road, Zinnas Mobile Bistro, Nina’s Waffles, Kona Ice, Try Vegan, My Four Suns Korean Fusion, Maddalenas Cheesecake Co, Princeton University Food Truck, Ma & Pa’s Tex-Mex BBQ, and Bombay Local Pizza.
TruckFest is a collaboration between all eleven of Princeton’s Eating Clubs, spearheaded by the clubs’ Community Service Chairs, the Community Service Interclub Council (CSICC). The CCISS and TruckFest Co-Chairs were Rachel Margulies ’16 (Cannon Club), Jennifer Liu ’16 (Quadrangle Club), and Cason Crane ’17 (Ivy Club).
TruckFest donated $20,000 in 2014 to Send Hunger Packing; $24,000 in 2015 to Meals on Wheels and Send Hunger Packing. The TruckFest Cause Committee reviewed applications and conducted site visits before deciding on Meals on Wheels and Send Hunger Packing as the two causes again for 2016. The donation of $33,000 was divided equally between the two organizations.
Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meals to homebound individuals in order to promote their wellbeing and independence and foster a better quality of life.
Send Hunger Packing is a partnership between Mercer Street Friends and Princeton Public Schools to provide school-age children from low-income families with the nutrition they need to be able to do their best in school.
There are many sponsors who contributed to make TruckFest a success, including the Princeton Prospect Foundation, Princeton University Campus Life, the PACE Center for Civic Engagement, the Princeton Undergraduate Student Government, the Princeton Graduate Student Government, the Motley Fool, edWeb.net, Worldwide Learning Services, Central Jersey Dance, Smacktive, and Landau’s.
Sandy Harrison ’74, Chairman of the Princeton Prospect Foundation, sent a letter to the Co-Chairs of TruckFest that said, “Princeton Prospect Foundation congratulates you and your CSICC colleagues for your truly extraordinary efforts in planning and implementing TruckFest 2016. As the only fully collaborative fundraising effort among all of Princeton’s eating clubs, and one which also is the largest in scope, TruckFest was executed by you in more resoundingly successful fashion than ever.”
Lisa Schmucki ’74, the Graduate Interclub Advisor (GICC), also commented, “Over the past three years, the Eating Club Community Service Chairs have come together to create an event that is exemplary of the commitment to service and civic engagement called for by Princeton University in a newly released self-study. Running this event is an extraordinary service and learning experience.”
To learn more and see additional pictures from this year’s event, go to www.princetontruckfest.org, or visit the Princeton TruckFest Facebook page.
Pictured in the top photo are (L to R, back row first): Sandy Harrison ’74 (chair of the PPF), Cason Crane ’17 (CSICC co-chair), Tim Wolf (representative from Meals on Wheels of Mercer County), Rochelle Calhoun (Princeton VP of Student Life), Jennifer Liu ’16 (CSICC co-chair), Rachel Margulies ’16 (CSICC co-chair), and Kyle Williams (representative from Mercer Street Friends).