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Blessing the food truck ministry. Photo Fort Worth dot com

Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, in Fort Worth Texas, has made a shift in how a church can do feeding ministry. In doing so, they see it as an opportunity to go out into the community more.

Fort Worth dot com online magazine has this food truck story.

The West Side church on Sunday officially launched Five & Two – a take on Jesus’ feeding of the multitude with five loaves and two fishes – in a refurbished 1996 Chevy plumbing truck.

“It’s a full commercial kitchen on wheels,” Allen Lutes, associate pastor and director of the church’s new food truck ministry, said after a dedication ceremony with hot dogs and chips.

The church sees the food truck as a way to take its ministry to people, rather than rely on them to come to the church. “How much more meaningful if we meet them where they are?” Lutes said during a Sunday sermon.

Beginning June 18, and on the third Thursday of each month, Five & Two will begin serving dinner to the 30 homeless veterans who live at the Presbyterian Night Shelter’s Patriot House off of East Lancaster Avenue.

In July, the truck will be at the Night Shelter’s women and children’s unit once a month. “This is going to be an opportunity to do more,” to serve as mentors and work with children, Lutes said.

The food truck will also appear at more conventional events and locations, but with an unusual model the church is developing: giving away food such as pulled pork tacos and Cuban sandwiches for donations. “Every $5 spent serves two other people,” and so on, Lutes said.

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George Nixon Shuler
George Nixon Shuler

I love food trucks! What an excellent opprtunity for ministry, much to the chagrin of those who prefer we emulate Westboro Baptist Church!

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