This year’s Feed the Need Community Food Drive kicked off with Industrial Credit Union’s Third Annual Food Truck Round Up to donate to those hungry in Whatcom County.
The event held in the Civic Field parking lot included 24 local food trucks, music, contests and a beer garden that attracted around 1,800 guests.
For 21 years, Industrial Credit Union has sponsored some kind of a community food drive according to Kim Sutton, Industrial Credit Union’s executive Vice President, but three years ago decided to take a new approach.
“We decided to do an event that would help us bring more donations and awareness to the needs of our food banks,” Sutton said. She said they also wanted to highlight food trucks in the community.
The event featured the local music group SpaceBand, pizza and doughnut-eating contests and a beer garden with donated beer from Kulshan Brewing Company.
Jenna Kincaid, a 2014 Western graduate and owner of the dessert cart Sweet Petite, said she was excited to give back to food banks via her business.
“I got involved because they contacted me when I first opened the cart to come to the event, and I thought it sounded awesome,” she said.
The event works by people buying tickets and “truck bucks” to spend at different food trucks, Sutton said. The food trucks will donate 10 percent of all their proceeds from the day to local food banks, which this year tallies up to more than $20,000.
Mikey Farinha, a 2013 Western Graduate, was involved as a volunteer through her employer Ben Kinney and Keller Williams Realty, one of the sponsors of the Food Truck Roundup.
“My favorite part of this fundraiser is just helping and seeing how excited everybody is,” Farinha said.
For people looking to get involved or see a full list of vendors, visit www.industrialcu.org/food-truck-round-up.