AHA MEDIA is pleased to meet Peter Conway who speaks about his friend Tara McAteer and Truckstop Dining Society who helps feed Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to hear from Peter Conway who speaks about his friend Tara McAteer and Truckstop Dining Society who helps feed Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES).

http://truckstopdining.org/

Today, Saturday July 25th at Crab Park, there is  Free BBQ and Live Music from 12 Noon to 7 PM

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

Free Bbq in Crab Park 500

 

For the last three years, Tara McAteer has worked part-time in the film industry in the Craft Service department. Her job is to provide a constant selection of beverages, pastries, healthy snacks and light meals to a crew of 100 non-stop for a 14 hour work day. She works out of a one tonne truck loaded with a full facility kitchen that is parked on set.

 Our small, grassroots organization, Truckstop Dining Society, is the byproduct of having access to a film food service truck and looking for ways in which to use it to benefit people who need food. In 2007, Tara decided to do something different for Christmas. On Christmas Eve she placed an ad for help on Craigslist and started preparing food. The next morning she drove the film industry food service truck to the Downtown Eastside, joined by two strangers who answered her ad, and fed hot turkey sandwiches to nearly 200 people.

 Despite services already available, there is still a need for wholesome, easily-accessible meals not just at Christmas, but year round. This year, we took the film industry food service truck to Oppenheimer Park and with the help of executive chefs and local dignitaries served Easter dinner to over 1,100 people.

 Although there are hundreds of hungry people who appreciate a hot meal, we believe there is a greater need in our city-the need for unity and more inclusive community. We feel that sharing food is an important step to breaking social barriers, creating community and de-mystifying this area of our city. We hope through providing meals to those who are hungry and those who want to learn more, together, we can look more closely at the issues of the DTES.

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