Dining Out For Life Philadelphia will be hosting its fourth annual Food Truck Pop Up on April 14th. The Pop Up serves as an opportunity for both tourists and Philadelphians alike to be connected with several food trucks in the city in one central location.
During the time of the Pop Up, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the participating food trucks will donate 33% of their proceeds to ActionAIDS, which is a nonprofit organization that serves people in the Philadelphia area who are affected by HIV and AIDS.
According to the event’s Facebook page, almost 9,000 people have indicated that they are attending the event on 13th and Locust and organizers expect this to be their most successful Pop Up to date.
“ActionAIDS is really the organization that began Dining Out for Life and the food trucks came on board wanting to be part of a pretty big event that would drive traffic to them in one certain location,” said Director of Development and Communications for ActionAIDS Lauren DeLaurentis, “HIV and AIDS are very prevalent in our area and we are able to provide support, education, prevention and comprehensive services to people living with HIV and AIDS in the Philadelphia area.”
Shannon McCabe is a junior at Temple University and has enjoyed eating at food trucks on campus since she arrived two years ago. McCabe found out about the Pop Up through Facebook when she saw her friends sharing the event page. Not only was McCabe interested in the Pop Up because of the diversity of the participating trucks but also because of the philanthropic aspect of the event.
“I think that it is a great thing that they’re doing,” said McCabe, “It is very generous of them [the food trucks] to donate some of their proceeds to people who truly need it.”
Freshman Dani Blanchette has been to several of the food trucks on Temple University’s campus and was immediately interested in the Pop Up when she heard about it from a hometown friend.
“I’m really into the Food Network and seeing all the truck pop ups on there so when I heard about it [the Pop Up event] I definitely wanted to go,” said Blanchette.
Blanchette has also researched the event online and is excited about several of the trucks that will be at the Pop Up.
Many college students have RSVP’d on Facebook that they will be attending the Food Truck Pop Up and DeLaurentis attributes this to the accessibility and affordability of the event.
“Especially with the weather forecast being what it is, I think that our event is a great way to take a break from classes and have a variety of food in one area that is very affordable,” said DeLaurentis, “I think that college students are certainly going to be attracted [to the event] but also it is a very exciting event for anyone in the city who is able to come over.”