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Food Truck Gathering Benefits Charity

Salt Lake City— More than 30 local food trucks converged at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, on June 29, from 4 to 10 p.m. for the fifth annual Food Truck Face-Off for Charity, presented by Discover. The public was invited to buy tickets to purchase delicious food and at the same time support local nonprofits that work to end homelessness, poverty, and adversity in Utah: Fourth Street Clinic, Utah Community Action, Volunteers of America, Utah and YWCA Utah.

The largest truck event in the state was a night of family fun, featuring unique trucks and carts serving delicious food, a beer garden, live music, and children’s activities. 

“Our Food Truck Face Off for Charity has been a hit from the start,” said Cathleen Sparrow, the Chief Development Officer at Volunteers of America, Utah. “We expanded our hours and added even more trucks to accommodate the hungry crowd. Event-goers felt good about supporting the event on several levels. Not only did they feed their families tasty food, but they also were able to support many small, independently-operated food trucks. And, four well-known and respected charities received 25 percent of the ticket sales.” 

This year’s charity event sold a total of 24,289 tickets, bringing in over $60,000 to be split amongst the charities involved. The Salty Pineapple’s traditional Hawaiian Barbeque brought home the title of 2019 Food Truck Face Off champion by collecting the most food tickets. Discover, Food Truck Face Off’s presenting sponsor, and the four charities involved presented this year’s winner, The Salty Pineapple, with their award on Thursday, August 29, 2019. If you missed this year’s event, visit The Salty Pineapple at www.the-saltypineapple.com to check out their upcoming schedule and learn why they took home this year’s champion title.  

“After the successes of this year, plans are already in the works for an even bigger and better 2020 Food Truck Face Off,” said Taylor Harris of the Food Truck League. “The Food Truck Face Off for Charity provides a wonderful opportunity for us to introduce our variety of food truck offerings to the public, and at the same time help fund nonprofits who help local struggling families.”