The Director of a city social services program, HOPE (Housing Opportunities, Partnership and Engagement) has suggested that a food truck may be the solution to growing diet-related health issues among homeless people in San Francisco, according to Heather Knight for SFGate City Insider blog. Bevan Dufty, Director of HOPE, grandson to Billie Holiday, proposes a soul food truck on the streets of the Tenderloin district, staffed by homeless people with an aim to deliver healthier culinary options and a sense of community to those living in supportive housing.
Similar to a program in Boise, Idaho, the staff will prepare and distribute Dufty’s soul food for lunch and dinner, five days per week throughout one of the city’s most densely homeless-populated districts, where the options are limited to corner liquor stores and fast food.
“It’s a neighborhood where a lot of people are living in supportive housing,” Dufty said. “They don’t have kitchen facilities so their food options are limited, and those limited food options are undermining people’s health.”
The program will be aptly named, “Heavenly Souls.”
“I’m a soul food aficionado, and I am well known for my talent at preparing soul food — you can ask people,” said Dufty. “They may bring me in as a consultant.”
Dufty plans to work with the Episcopal Community Services CHEFS (Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Services) program to provide training for the staff of his Heavenly Souls food truck. Employees are trained in a six month program and internship, before moving into a regular job.