Bracken’s Kitchen, Orange County, Calif.
Bracken’s Kitchen is one of the first nonprofit food trucks in America, serving practically everything from chicken fajitas to lobster and beef stew.
Giving a new spin to the concept of meals on wheels, the nonprofit organization provides culinary training for student chefs, helps to reduce food waste by using grocery donations that would have otherwise been thrown out, and feeds communities in need. Bracken’s Kitchen prepares and delivers thousands of meals every day, thanks in part to the Chefs To End Hunger initiative, which redistributes excess prepared foods to relief organizations.
“I describe our organization as a catering company, but we just cater to people who can’t afford meals,” founder Bill Bracken said. “Our food truck feeding program keeps us connected in the community. A lot of food banks dump food in a warehouse and put it in a box, and there’s no connection. We know the people we feed.”
To sustain their organization, Bracken’s Kitchen caters private events for profi. The truck is also supported by for-profit partners, and uses traditional fundraising tools like galas and grant writing.