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The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough partners with some of the city's hottest food trucks

Scarborough Food Truck Festival brings good eats for a good cause

On May 28, some of the GTA’s best and most delicious food trucks with gather in Scarborough in support of the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough. “Foods trucks have been a great addition to our city, but you often have to travel downtown to experience them. We want to make sure the people of Scarborough could experience them the same way you can at some of the bigger festivals,” says Judene Stewart, Resource Development and Communications Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club.

The day, which kicks off at 11 AM at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus, convenes seven trucks offering tasty treats like lasagna, coffee, Caribbean food, award-winning poutine, and more. It also doubles as a community festival: there will be face painting, a chance to get hands-on with reptile from Reptilia, and demonstrations from capoeira and gymnastics troupe Kadara Capoeira. “At the Boys and Girls Club, we know how to put on a fun community event!” says Stewart. “There will be something there for everyone.”

The festival is in support of the Boys and Girls Club’s youth programming, which Stewart says “is the area that we struggle the most to fund.” The Club offers leadership development programs, sports, academic support, and young mens and young womens clubs for youth.

The day, which is the first of its kind for the Boys and Girls CLub, also represents partnerships with several prominent local organizations. “The University of Toronto Scarborough has been a supporter,” says Stewart, and adds that the Rotary Club, CIBC, Mellon, and Sharp Canada have also come onboard to sponsor the day. Food truck vendors will also be making donations to the club.

“We want people to come out and support our clubs. We serve six thousand children and youth each year,” says Stewart. “It’s to bring our community out, and to be able to enjoy a great day.”
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