GUILFORD — With umbrellas held high and groups huddled under the truck awning, hungry patrons ordered from Caseus Cheese Truck, satisfying their taste buds and supporting a local nonprofit organization at the same time.
Caseus was the first truck to participate in Food Truck Thursdays, a benefit for SARAH Foundation Inc.
A different food truck will participate, every Thursday throughout the month of August, in the parking lot of 246 Goose Lane, Guilford, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A portion of all proceeds will be earmarked for the SARAH Foundation, the fundraising arm for SARAH Inc., SARAH Seneca and SARAH Tuxis, which provide programs and services for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.
Participants include Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Aug. 1; Fryborg, Aug. 8; Oak Haven, Aug. 15; T.H.E Snickering Coyote, Craft BBQ, Aug. 22 and Sultan Kebab, Aug. 19. In addition, the PopCentric Food Stand will be serving up gourmet popsicles.
“I was worried about the rain, but people have been steadily coming,” said Kimberly Olstein-Vigliotti, SARAH Foundation community relations coordinator, standing under her umbrella.
Olstein-Vigliotti explained this is a new approach at fundraising and if it is successful, they may extend it through the month of September.
“We’re trying to focus on opportunities to more organically fundraise,” she said. “So, things like this, it takes a little bit of our time to get the trucks down here, but if it could be a constant fixture in this parking lot, that is a constant source of donated income to us, that would be wonderful.”
For Caseus chef, Jillian Donathy, participating in this event is very important on a professional and personal level.
“An organization like this, that supports people with special needs is really important, especially for me, because I have family members with autism,” she said. “So, it means more to me that we’re coming for something that is going towards a good cause.”