Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson is known to put on fun events for the community and beyond, particularly making use of its parking lot, just across York Road (Trunk or Treat, Move-Out Sale, Drive-Through Prayers, to name a few). And now, all summer, Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. have seen a gathering of food trucks on Ascension’s lot.
Julie Lauver, director of outreach at Ascension, said the idea came up in a staff meeting that food trucks could create a social atmosphere for community gatherings and conversation. Plus, the trucks provide a welcome break from cooking on steamy summer nights.
Ascension had no experience with coordinating such a thing, so it tapped The Maryland Best Food Trucks (www.mdfoodtrucks.com) for help. Lauver found that in hosting trucks, they could also earn a fee from the vendors — funds that could further give back.
July’s earnings helped The Arc, August goes to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches food pantry in Towson, and September will benefit the Student Support Network.
Ascension checked with the lot’s immediate neighbors first, and the idea was received well (one neighbor had his birthday party there). The church provides picnic tables and volunteer greeters/helpers to keep the event running smoothly.