Food trucks are a lunch time staple in major cities across America. These mobile kitchens can be found around business centers in major cities, school events, weddings, and pretty much any event that brings in large crowds of people.
This past June, Louisville, Kentucky became home of a special kind of food truck. Jonny’s Wagon might look like an ordinary food truck, but their mission is special. The man behind the mobile kitchen, Johnny Goode, used to be homeless.
His mission is to provide his specialties, like fried fish sandwiches and cold beverages, to a line of hungry customers. Unlike other food trucks, his customer base is primarily homeless people. Thanks to help from UPS Foundation and MPD Charitable Foundation, Jonny’s Wagon opened up with the mission of providing food to those who need it most.
Johnny can relate to these people because he previously spend years living at a homeless camp in the city of Louisville. During this time, Johnny met founder and CEO of Daily Armor Ministries, Scott Goldbach. Scott said, “I think he’s like the third person that I met when we were doing street outreach.”
Scott and Johnny quickly became friends, and soon became business partners. Daily Armor Ministries started up a food kitchen and Scott wanted Johnny to be a part of it. “His empathy for people is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” Scott said.