Green Bay, WI – OCTOBER 26, 2021 –Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Brown County and Grounded Café have been awarded a grant from the David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to create Wisconsin’s first fully accessible food truck designed for workers with disabilities. “The David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund values community-building for vitality in the region,” said Curt Detjen, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. “This food truck is an innovative project that supports socializing and nutritious (and delicious) food for older adults, especially those who are isolated or in rural communities and across Brown County. The truck is also a space to create community around food, so everyone can see the value of people who may be in a different life situation than themselves.”
County Executive (Troy Streckenbach) will join ADRC Director (Devon Christianson) in unveiling this exciting project committed to creating a more inclusive community. ADRC invites you to this press event on Thursday, October 28 at 11:30 a.m. Located at ADRC, 300 S Adams Street, Green Bay, WI.
This grant will make it possible to change the look of a “government” meal while increasing access to healthy food and community resources. The food truck will offer an efficient and convenient model of service for ADRC and Grounded Café to reach community members. Being mobile will help to remove some transportation barriers, such as navigating unfamiliar roads or finding rides to ADRC, and can increase offerings in underserved communities in Brown County.
“Being the first in Wisconsin and the fourth in the nation to have one of these food trucks is a big win for Brown County,” says Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach. “This amazing donation helps the ADRC better meet its mission, while creating more opportunities for persons with disabilities and underserved populations helps make our community stronger.”
“By utilizing a food truck that accommodates persons with different abilities, this is an opportunity to continue to expand job skills while bringing together isolated older adults in need of a healthy meal. We are meeting people where they are it, in their communities,” stated Devon Christianson, Director of ADRC.
With the belief that within everyone there is great opportunity and possibility to live their best life, ADRC is dedicated to breaking down stereotypes and ageism. Grounded Café was designed as a program to provide job training opportunities for adults with disabilities, to form a new paradigm and awareness of strengths and abilities. “We have a goal to change the way people see people and we are taking our mission on the road– literally,” said Christianson.
The food truck will be custom built in 2022 by partnering with Caged Crow, a company based in St. Germain, Wisconsin.