Two-year-old Davian, who has Down Syndrome, is becoming more independent thanks to the hard work of staff at Dorothy Spainhour Child Development Center. He is feeding himself, following directions and interacting with classmates!
Easterseals UCP and Trillium Health Resources are working together with area food banks to help teens and young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Individuals between the ages of 16-26 will develop employment skills to work on food trucks that serve healthy snacks throughout the communities of New Bern and Ahoskie, North Carolina.
Here's more information about the sensABLE snacks food trucks:
Easterseals UCP will be hiring teens and young adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to work in two sensABLE snacks food trucks. The employees will be provided with training opportunities in the hospitality industry.
WHY? People with I/DD are underemployed, underpaid, often overlooked for upward mobility and relegated to areas where they are not in direct contact with the public. Our food trucks are the first in the state to employ young adults with disabilities and pay them with a dignified rate. Employment will provide individuals with self-esteem, confidence and new skills helping young men and women seek greater independence.
Food Truck Sales
WHY? Making healthy snack options provides people with the ability to snack and feel good about the choices they make. These options contribute to promoting a healthier environment and overall wellness.
The sensABLE snacks food trucks will have a variety of pre-packaged treats and healthy options for sale including bottled water, soft drinks, juices, milk and coffee; along with baked goods such as muffins, cookies, granola bars, yogurt cups, and uncut fruits.
Easterseals UCP sensABLE snacks trucks locations:
Be On The Lookout
Each food truck will have a ribbon cutting ceremony this summer to launch sensABLE snacks.
Vending sessions throughout New Bern and Ahoskie will be scheduled for sales from the food trucks.