Military Charity Announces New Venture

Operation Gratitude will employ food trucks to help raise money for military support activities.

The following is an edited press release from Operation Gratitude. 

Military support charity Operation Gratitude today announced a new fundraising
program with a full line-up of popular Los Angeles-area lunch trucks offering their fare to volunteers and other members of the public on Sunday, April 22.

Four lunch trucks will park outside the California Army National Guard Armory at 17330 Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys to serve hundreds of volunteers assembling thousands of care packages for deployed troops. 

Operation Gratitude founder Carolyn Blashek expressed her excitement over the new opportunity.

"Not only will we have a great variety of delicious food for our hard-working volunteers to choose from, but in addition, ten percent from all proceeds will be donated back to benefit our military support activities," Blashek said.  

The general public is invited to join Operation Gratitude volunteers for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The trucks will offer regular menu items, as well as "Lunch Specials," as follows: 

1. Komodo: Special--$6.00: 2 tacos and a drink 

2. Lomo Arigato: Special--$7.00: Three-quarter portion of any entree plus a drink 

3. Philly Please Cheese Steaks: Special--$7.00: Any half-sandwich and fries

4. Canter's Deli: Special--$7.50: Grilled cheese w/ potato salad or slaw, plus pickle and soda OR 1/2 pastrami or turkey or corned beef sandwich with soda

Full menus are available on each of the lunch trucks' websites. On future dates in May and June, additional food trucks will participate in support of Operation Gratitude and its volunteers. 

Operation Gratitude offers volunteer opportunities for all adults. Children ages 12 and older are also welcome; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises at all times. Due to insurance, liability and safety concerns, there are no exceptions to these rules. 

For more information about Operation Gratitude, please click here


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