In Conversation: Drive Change
We’re gearing up for our Snack ‘n Shop of the season this Saturday, December 23rd 12-4PM! This weekend, the Drive Change (formerly Snowday) food truck brings their out-of-this-world grilled cheese and doughnuts. We caught up with the “vehicle for social justice” to chat about their maple syrup-themed menu and mission to use the foodtruck workplace for young people returning home from jail/prison so they can obtain preferential employment and educational opportunities.
Your food is built with ingredients sourced locally, seasonably, and sustainably. Do you think being on wheels is the key to democratizing the availability of wholesome, “real” foods?
Our whole business model is wrapped up in one word: ACCESS.
Access to opportunity, access to knowledge, and – certain with our mobility – access to good (whole) food. As a mobile food business, we are able to use our wheels as a tool to get locally sourced fresh food to places where those options are few and far between. This is something we would like to continue to do even more of.
At Drive Change, we are intimately aware of the overlaps of food justice and social justice.
Can you tell us a little bit about how the mission of Drive Change?
Drive Change uses the food truck workplace to run a one year Fellowship for young adults returning home from jail and prison. This is not just your average food business, it is a business that is a vehicle for learning and social change. Therefore, when you eat food from our truck, it is being prepared from scratch and served by our Fellows. All of the sales from the truck recycle back into the organization to subsidize the overall costs. In addition to making our award-winning food and selling it off the truck; Fellows are engaged in one full day per week of extracurricular programming that includes: advocacy training, finance literacy, social media and marketing, practice in essential skill building, and much more.
Favorite spot to serve in NYC?
We love working with the STORY Team! We also enjoy using our truck as a vehicle for justice when we are hired by organizations or movements to join in on political rallies, protests, or events! To feed is to love.