Far More Than A Food Truck

$210 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 10 months
Created April 10, 2018
Mike & Avril
After a lot of careful thought and research Avril and Mike are starting a food truck business/community service project. We hope you will be a part of it!

Why a food truck?
Mike's love is for food and cooking. I have experience in the food industry and with marketing, design, branding, event planning and networking. Together, along with our goals for the future and a strong belief in making dreams reality, we both have a strong drive to be a benefit and of service to our community.  We believe this opportunity will succeed with our skill set and passion while still allowing us to continue to feed the other areas of our life that fuel our soul, all while making a positive change in Portland, Maine.

The Vision
We are hoping to create a modern take on a picnic theme,  lovingly named "Basket & Blanket."  Our menu will consist of sandwiches, sides, desserts and drinks, that are locally sourced and created by Mike (although I am happy to taste test and, as always, put in my two cents).

The Give Back
Once established, we envision using our truck as a way to give back to the community by donating a "Basket & Blanket" to areas of our community in need. That may mean a basket of toiletry items and a blanket to the homeless or childcare items and a comfort item to children in foster care or baskets of animal care products and dog blankets to animal shelters, depending on the focus at that time. We will use a portion of our profits along with fundraisers to help fund the project.

The Motivation
Aside from doing our part in the city of Portland and supporting local businesses, in having a seasonal business we are also hoping to set ourselves up to have the schedule flexibility that allows us more time with Mike's daughter, while giving her experience in what it take to run a business. It will also allow me the time to continue A Dandy Line Studios (my yoga, art, and public speaking business) and other service work and give Mike his creative outlet for cooking.

More About Mike

Mike has been working in the food industry for 17+ years and has experience in all areas of the restaurant business.  He assisted in opening a restaurant in Brunswick, ME where he was the head chef in 2016.  Food and cooking has always been his biggest passion and, as a single father, has been something he has passed on to his 14-year old daughter.  Ultimately, he dreams of using his passion to be of service to others.

More About Avril
I have a degree in Art Education and a 200-hour yoga teaching certificate. I received the Creativity Award through Salem State University and attended a training for Teaching Recovery Yoga and a workshop on Teaching Mindfulness to Children.  I have traveled to 19 countries and have volunteered in a variety of settings including with at-risk youth, those in addiction recovery, and the homeless population.  Years spent in the restaurant industry have helped to fund many of those endeavors.

The two of us together have combined experience, skills and passions that will help our business and its addition to the community thrive and succeed.

Where Will The Money Go?
The funds received, combined with funding from lenders, will go towards the following:
- The truck (vehicle itself, exterior wrapping, and interior appliances)
- Permits and licensing
- Small Business fees through the State of Maine
- Registration and insurance 
- Startup costs
- Commercial kitchen rental

Our Thank You To You
The following lists what you will receive as a huge thank you from us for being a donor:
$10 donation - A Shout Out On One Of Our Social Media Outlets
$50 donation - Basket & Blanket Coupon Pack
$100 donation - Basket & Blanket Coupon Pack AND T-Shirt
$250 donation - Handmade Picnic Blanket
$500 donation - 1 Free Sandwich & Drink Per Week for the Entirety of Our First Season
$1000 donation - Your Name On Our Truck!
$5000 donation - Your Name On Our Truck AND A Sandwich Special Named After You!!!

Why We Need Your Help
 Without you we would not be able to make this a reality.  We hope that through this project it will become something in which our entire community benefits. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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Here's our newest update: Over the course of the summer we raised enough funds to apply to be an official company. We have since received our business cards and have been sharing them with the world. Mike gave a speech that provided us with a lot of amazing networking opportunities and Avril started her blog again, with the first post being all about Basket & Blanket. We have been working to solidify the menu, of which we have something new coming that will allow those in the Portland, Maine area to get involved in the process. Stay tuned for that! And the best news of all? We have fallen in love with a truck!
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$210 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 10 months
Created April 10, 2018
Mike & Avril
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