In coordination with the Santa Rosa Local Assistance Center (LAC) and the American Red Cross, a Food Truck Strike Team sponsored by Alliance Credit Union was on site at the Sonoma County LAC on Saturday November 4th.
The LAC, located at the Press Democrat Building, 427 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa provided FEMA services to those affected by the fire. The Five food trucks supplied a variety of delicious free lunch offerings.
The participating food trucks included:
· El Norteno, offering freshly made Mexican foods such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and Nachos.
· The Chairman, offering original street food of Asia―steamed and baked buns that use the freshest ingredients that are savory and addictive. The Chairman is also providing an extra donation to the effort.
· Sam's Chowder, offering Lobster Rolls, Sam's famous New England clam chowder, Fried Calamari, Fish and Chips, and more
· Curry Up Now, offering a blend of traditional Indian flavors and street foods presented in a friendly, recognizable way
· El Sur Empanadas, using old-fashioned techniques, timeless recipes and the finest northern California purveyors, these empanadas are delicious.
The idea of a Food Truck Strike Team originated with Simon Williams from the Office of Emergency Services in Palo Alto. Within a few days of the Northern California Fire, Williams secured funding and the food trucks, and connected with FEMA and the Red Cross to coordinate a central location for the relief effort.
“By combining forces we can make a stronger impact and help more people at one time,” said Williams. “Individually these food trucks felt they could do little to help, as the travel time and gas costs alone are extremely costly. However, with the support of Alliance Credit Union and the Strike Team plan, we are able to pull together to help the community at large.”
“When we heard of the devastation and destruction caused by the Fires, we wanted to be a part of the relief efforts for all those affected,” said Brian Dorcy, President/CEO of Alliance Credit Union. “The unique idea of a dedicated team of food trucks providing some respite follows the credit union philosophy of people helping people. All of us at Alliance Credit Union are here for our community at large during the good and bad times."
In addition to sponsoring the Food Truck Strike Team, Alliance Credit Union also collected warm blankets that were distributed at the lunch.
The Northern California Fires are the largest in California state history, covering more than 182,000 acres and destroying nearly 8,400 structures, including more than 3,500 homes.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to wildfires and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters, including home fires.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP: People can download the all-inclusive Red Cross Emergency App, which combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Users are also encouraged to utilize the ‘Family Safe’ tool inside the app to alert loved ones that they are safe.
About Alliance Credit Union
Alliance Credit Union was created by a small group of visionary General Electric employees based on the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people.' Established in 1952, Alliance is a member-owned, financial cooperative now serving more than 40,000 members in six counties—Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda counties in California, and New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties in North Carolina. We also serve approximately 400 Community Business Partners (employers) throughout both states by offering exclusive benefits to their employees. For more information about Alliance, visit AllianceCU.org