| Oct 6, 2023
Food Truck Renewal!!
To the supporters of the food truck “OOPEN”, with your generous donation, we were able to renew the truck, and have renewed our structure to be more sustainable. Please see our new truck “LIVES KITCHEN” below.
The new business model is a collaboration between Hands On Tokyo, Dean & Deluca and Kakewa K.K. Hands On Tokyo takes care of the whole operation, Dean & Deluca cooks and provides the food, and Kakewa takes care of the driving and maintenance of the truck. The operation will be done by volunteers and staff with disabilities, under the supervision of Hands On Tokyo. The menu is provided by well-known chefs in Tokyo: October by Chef Yonezawa of No Code. November by Chef Sato of Cristiano’s, December by Chef Akiyama of Dean & Deluca, and January by Chef Kakegawa of Ata. We will expand the Chefs’ Circle throughout the year.
The new food truck “LIVES KITCHEN” debuted on the day of LIVES TOKYO 2023, a big annual event on diversity and inclusion, which was held at the Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. Please check out the event on youtube.
The three starting members, Riho, Haruka and Makoto, graduated from working at the food truck and are on their way to look for full time jobs. They are confident, and looking forward to the new challenge with a little bit of fear for their futures. But please take a look at their expressions on their last day of work!! They were glowing and are now ready for a new step!!
We could not move on to this next step without your help. We are now working at 5 locations, which means five days a week! Mondays at Showa Women’s University, Tuesdays at Kawada Kensetsu in Nishi-Sugamo, Wednesdays at the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku and Kotohira Tower in Toranomon alternately, Thursdays near Toranomon Hills, and Fridays at Meiji University Izumi Campus. We are grateful for the people who have provided us with locations as well. And we continue to raise funds for the salary of people with disabilities that go through this program.
This project is growing and embracing the communities in Tokyo as the years go by, and it is all due to the kind support by YOU and many others. We will keep on doing our best to keep the project going, and bringing smiles to everyone through delicious food!!
Thank you for your donation!!