Tony Harris and Kareem Wallace have witnessed the vicious cycle of drugs, violence and expatriation plague inner city Philadelphia.
The two cooks, who have spent over nine years cooking in the University of Pennsylvania dining halls, have resolved to stop this cycle of hopelessness and create a better path for the youth in their neighborhood. By taking up the skills they’ve learned in the kitchen, these two men have decided to start a vegetarian food truck initiative in West Philadelphia (born n’ raised) in order to employ local at risk youth. The truck, called Grassroots, will “let them know that they can get a job and that other people out there care about them,” Harris explained.
The two cooks, who have spent over nine years cooking at the University of Pennsylvania have decided to stop this cycle and create a better solution for the youth in their neighborhood by taking up the skills they’ve learned in the kitchen and start a vegetarian food truck in West Philadelphia (born n’ raised) to employ local, at-risk kids. The truck, called Grassroots, will “let them know they can get a job that other people out there care,” Harris explained.
By working for the food truck, West Philly kids will be able to learn useful business skills like cash management, food preparation, and customer service.
In terms of raising capital, Grassroots has created a Crowdtilt campaign, which is aimed at raising $70,000 for the truck, food, licensing and a commissary kitchen.
In the future, Harris and Wallace have expressed interest in forming a nonprofit organization called A Few Good Men in order to give back to the community in other ways.
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