Saturday's food truck rodeo benefits children’s charity

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Wilson-area residents can sample food truck fare and support the Children’s Hunger Elimination of Wilson during the Chew for CHEW food truck rodeo at the Wilson County Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

A variety of food trucks will be stationed at the fairgrounds, and the event will feature a bounce house, a cornhole tournament, face-painting, games and live music.

Admission is $2, and proceeds raised will benefit the Children’s Hunger Elimination of Wilson — a nonprofit and all-volunteer program that distributes food bags to schools across Wilson on Fridays to ensure chronically hungry students have food throughout the weekend.

Chick-fil-A Leader Academies at Fike High School and the Wilson Early College Academy are the sponsors.

Students in the academies worked on the “impact project” all school year and organized the event, said Tracy Wellington Chick-fil-A’s director of community.

“They have done everything,” Wellington said about the group of 60 students who planned the event to help CHEW. “This was a huge undertaking. They have done a phenomenal job. I couldn’t be more proud of these kids.”

Wellington said it’s a great cause, and it’s a great group of kids who have put the food truck rodeo together.

“These young people embody the spirit throughout Wilson County that makes CHEW possible, and we are so deeply grateful for them,” said Louise McKinnon, CHEW chairwoman and founding member of the nonprofit.

CHEW formed in 2012 after the community and its leaders became aware that the only full meals some Wilson County children received were while they were at school. On weekends, those same children struggled to survive.

The group established the weekend feeding program with the help of donors and organizations throughout the Wilson community.

McKinnon said this upcoming fall will be the organization’s seventh school term providing food to chronically hungry students. She said the program’s success is due to the generosity, compassion, care and concern of people, businesses, churches, nonprofits and civic clubs in Wilson County.

“Our most destitute children are growing up with a chance of a healthy body and coming to school on Monday mornings rested and ready to learn,” she said. “They know there are people who care about them.”