Lord's Diner to start a food truck

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

08/06/2014 11:05 AM

WICHITA — Food trucks are so popular, even God is getting one.

Well, his diner is anyway.

The Lord's Diner is going to begin operating a food truck this month and park it at the Evergreen Recreation Center near 26th and Arkansas.

"It's for everyone – particularly people in need," says Lord's Diner director Jan Haberly.

The Kansas Food Bank suggested that area, which is where Cloud Elementary School is. Haberly says about 90 percent of the school's lunches are free or reduced in price.

"That's kind of a key that there's need in that area."

Even before the food truck craze hit Wichita a couple of years ago, the Lord's Diner started considering a truck.

Someone on the Lord's Diner board saw a similar nonprofit truck in Texas several years ago.

"We were looking at ways to expand our mission, and we just thought that was kind of a cool idea," Haberly says.

Starting Sept. 23, the truck with be at the rec center from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Thursday, which is what worked for the center.

Haberly says the Lord's Diner wanted a dining area for potential truck patrons, which the rec center is providing. She says the Lord's Diner didn't want to use someone else's kitchen, though.

"We keep the food safety controls in our hands."

Haberly says the Lord's Diner wants the flexibility of a truck to potentially drive to other sites as well. There are already discussions about a second truck.

Each of the free truck meals will have a meat, starch, vegetable and fruit or salad along with dessert.

"We try and do a balanced meal," Haberly says.

The truck doesn't have an official name, though Haberly teasingly named it while working on it recently.

"I named it Francis today after the pope."

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