Cape Vineyard Church has been feeding community members ever since Hurricane Charley.
But after Ian, they realized there was more need than ever before.
So they’re going the extra mile to help, hitting the road with a new food truck.
“It is really different than anything we’ve done. Normally, people come here on a Thursday night and they get a meal, and we serve them. But just to be able to show up in a community and start having real conversations with people in their own neighborhoods and connecting with them in that place will, I think, will be a real joy,” said Charles Minton, associate pastor at Cape Vineyard.
The truck will visit different locations throughout Southwest Florida.
Richard Boy, Cape Vineyard’s chef, said there is a need on Fort Myers Beach, Pine Island and on Sanibel.
“I had this call, this idea of you know, going to different communities around the area once a week and feeding them two or 300 meals. So just saying hey, we’re going to be here every week for you,” Boy said.
The food truck, called Sweeter Than Honey, was their solution.
But don’t let the name confuse you; it won’t just be serving desserts.
“It’s not going to be just, you know, like hot dogs, you know, we will cook full meals,” Minton said. “We won’t post a menu, but I can promise you, when you show up, you’re gonna get an amazing meal.”
The meals will be free.
“We’re here to help you. That’s all, we don’t want anything from you. We want to bless you and your family and your community,” Minton said.
The truck will also provide a safe space for people to work through their struggles post-Ian.
“We have all kinds of different trials after Ian financial, you know, work, health, all kinds of things that have come back into play,” Minton said. “I think we’ll all find those kinds of stories now after the storm, but that’s our heart is out of the storm came something so good.”
Cape Vineyard is hoping this will make an impact in the community for years to come.