Food truck gives back to community


By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com



Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Donna Swihart and her mother, Barbara Lynch, of Troy, stop by StoryPoint’s food truck, The Friendly Fork, for a taste of crab cakes Wednesday at UVMC in Troy.


TROY — A new local food truck is aiming to give back to the community, one meal at a time.

Recently opened senior living community, StoryPoint, celebrated the first outing of its new project, The Friendly Fork food truck, last week.

Kristy Osting, a business development specialist for StoryPoint, said the truck is not only a way of inviting people to try their food, but it’s also an opportunity to give back to the community.

As part of StoryPoint’s Give Back campaign, 50 percent of the proceeds from each of the truck’s appearances will go to a local organization. The proceeds from the truck’s inaugural appearance at Upper Valley Medical Center last week were donated to the Upper Valley Foundation.

“When I say ‘give back to the community,’ we really strive to make sure we’re out and about letting people try the food, but also to have a purpose,” she said.

The food truck is a new experiment for the company, which has locations in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and plans to open five new facilities in the next three years.

In addition to helping out area organizations, The Friendly Fork is also a way of showcasing StoryPoint’s emphasis on serving good food. Meals at StoryPoint are served restaurant-style, with residents having the option of choosing made-to-order meals from a menu.

“Good food creates good memories,” Osting said. “Either in independent living, assisted living or memory care, it brings them back to what they love.”

All of the food at StoryPoint and The Friendly Fork is made from scratch, she added. The food truck also has a dedicated culinary staff.

While the menu offers options like gourmet nachos, crab cakes and sandwiches, it does change seasonally and to fit different events, Osting said.

The truck will make appearances at several upcoming local events, Osting said, including the Miami County Food Truck Rally on May 20 and the annual Troy Strawberry Festival the first weekend in June. Proceeds from sales at the Strawberry Festival will be donated to the Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association.

It will also be making appearances in communities in Ohio and Michigan where other StoryPoint facilities are located.

“We’re keeping it busy,” she added.

Track down The Friendly Fork on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SPFriendlyFork.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Donna Swihart and her mother, Barbara Lynch, of Troy, stop by StoryPoint’s food truck, The Friendly Fork, for a taste of crab cakes Wednesday at UVMC in Troy.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/05/web1_170503aw_Food_Truck_SP.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Donna Swihart and her mother, Barbara Lynch, of Troy, stop by StoryPoint’s food truck, The Friendly Fork, for a taste of crab cakes Wednesday at UVMC in Troy.

By Cecilia Fox

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