WICHITA — It looks like the Lord's Diner is going to have the distinction of having Wichita's only fleet of food trucks, although for now that's just two trucks.
The nonprofit debuted its first food truck in September to serve the hungry near the Evergreen Recreation Center by 26th and Arkansas.
"It's been amazing," says Lord's Diner director Jan Haberly.
"We thought our average number would be 250, maybe 300," she says of the people served nightly.
Instead, it's more like 400.
In June, a second truck will debut at Friendship Park in the Hilltop neighborhood just west of Oliver between Harry and Lincoln, where there's also a recreation center so diners can eat inside if they like.
Dear Neighbor Ministries and StepStone, which are ministries of the Congregation of St. Joseph, requested the new truck. The convent also is in the Hilltop area, and Haberly says there's a great need for food for the homeless and others there.
"These literally are their neighbors that they're helping in this low-income area," Haberly says of the nuns.
A 93-year-old nun has been serving meals in the area via a golf cart.
"She's acquainted herself with a lot of folks in that area, so she kind of knows what their needs are," Haberly says.
"She thought this year maybe she might like to retire at some point. And so we said, 'OK, we can do that.'"