NBI Food Truck
No Boundaries International has a vision of fighting and preventing human trafficking in high crime areas--targeting hotels, homeless and runaway camps, at-risk youth hangouts, and poverty/addiction plagued areas in an entirely new way. Through the use of a food truck where we GIVE away free meals prepared by non-paid volunteers, NBI will be able to reach deeper into hurting communities. The free food will serve as a tangible tool for NBI team members to break the barrier of isolation and establish a rapport with those working and living in vulnerable areas, homeless communities, and impoverished neighborhoods. NBI’s long history of street outreach has shown that simple, tangible items such as a homecooked meal, often breaks down barriers and opens dialogue to considering safer, non-destructive life choices.
Not only will the food truck be used around the Oklahoma City area to spread awareness and prevention of human trafficking but will supplement funding for outreaches by catering food truck related events. In our "Two for One" event program, our unique event pricing will allow you as the event organizer to not only host your event but to provide funding for the food truck go on outreach to feed the homeless, trafficked and at-risk individuals including runaways and youth. Funds from these events will offset the financial burden of our outreaches.
If you are interested in booking the NBI Food Truck for your event, please fill out this form.
NBI is a 100% volunteer and donation driven.
Please note: the NBI Food Truck will not cater weddings or engagement parties.
"The Daily Oklahoman"
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Hope in 'hard places'" Ministry's food truck delivers food, faith and fellowship
by Carla Hinton
The smell of Mexican food drew a small crowd to a former fire station on South Robinson as twilight descended.
Soon people were chatting together, their hands filled with homemade cupcakes and "walking tacos" — tortilla chips covered with ground beef, shredded chicken plus mounds of cheese, lettuce, onions and salsa.
Eventually the group included young and old, men, women and children.
They enjoyed a free meal, courtesy of No Boundaries International's "Food Truck with a Purpose."
The food, along with the bright teal-colored food truck, attracted a lot of attention on a recent Friday night as the vehicle sat parked at the ministry's center at 3416 S Robinson.
But No Boundaries' co-founders Lori Basey and Sandra Orchard said the fellowship was the real attraction.
The Edmond-based ministry was founded primarily to combat human trafficking in Oklahoma City and other places around the world.
Basey, an occupational therapist, said the organization generally focuses on the area around South Robinson, between SE 29 and SE 34. She said ministry members have only to peer down the roadway — what has been described to her as a "$20 street" — to see women and men involved in human trafficking.
Over the years, No Boundaries has helped plenty of girls and women leave the street behind for a different path. Basey and Orchard believe a food truck would be a way to help the organization meet and establish relationships with even more women to get them off the streets for good.
Basey, a trauma therapeutic intervention specialist, said many of the women that ministry teams encounter say they expect to end up "dead or in prison" because of their involvement in human trafficking. Instead of condemning the women, ministry leaders ask them about their dreams for a better life.
The offer of a free meal is a good way to start such conversations.
"We have to have a product to tempt them with when they are working, so that's why we have food and bottled water," Basey said. "A lot of them are not thinking of getting out but we try to establish relationships with them and help them get out.
"We're really just hope dealers."
It took about five years for their dream of a food truck to become reality.
An infusion of more than $100,000 from Deer Creek High School students in 2017 moved the project forward and the truck has been rolling since the beginning of the year.
Basey said although the plan was to use the food truck to reach out to people embroiled in human trafficking, ministry leaders quickly learned there were many residents in the targeted area who were just hungry and hurting.
The food truck became a way to reach out to the entire neighborhood, an innovative and tasty addition to the ministry's other outreach programs.
"It's interesting. We want to be real visible for new girls, people who are being introduced to trafficking, but then we found out the neighborhood is in desperate need, so we feed people. No one is turned away," she said.
"We call all these guys our friends from hard places."
Basey said the food truck also has been taken to other places where the harsh realities of life often surface. And a planned stop will be at a local school where teachers will be offered a free lunch.
Recently, Orchard and a group of volunteers parked the truck in the employees' parking lot of the Oklahoma County jail and fed a free meal to more than 200 jail staffers.
Staff Sgt. Jason Milligan and Cpl. Miranda Merrell were among the jail staff members who crowded around the food truck on Oct. 10.
"It's very generous. It's something they didn't have to do. The sheriff's office and other law enforcement, we appreciate it," said Milligan.
"We've had food trucks before but it's never been free. We had been looking forward to this," she said.
Food truck opens doors
Michelle Fowler, leader of No Boundaries' street ministry team, talked to many people who recently visited the food truck for a free meal. She recognized several of them from her teams' weekly encounters along South Robinson.
Fowler said her team delivers free sack lunches and other items to the homeless and down-and-out in the area. Seeing some of them sitting on benches set up near the food truck, she hurried inside the ministry's center to get rain ponchos and hand warmers for them.
"I knew the rain was coming," she said.
The volunteer said the food truck is another way for No Boundaries to get to know people who need an infusion of love and faith at the same time that they are getting their tangible needs met.
"The food truck has been a key to furthering our relationship with them," Fowler said. "It's not just about coming to get things, it's a time for us to talk to them on a deeper level. It's a wonderful opportunity."
The Rev. Charley Parsons, No Boundaries' minister and leader of the ministry's regular "Firehouse Fellowship" gatherings, also saw people he knew from the nearby neighborhood.
"I haven't seen you in forever but now you're back. Praise the Lord!" Parsons told one young man who said he came because he smelled the food.
He admitted to being hungry when Basey asked if he wanted a meal. The man said he was surprised to see the food truck because he didn't know the ministry had one.
"I know! Isn't it fun?" Basey said, encouraging him to try one of the homemade cupcakes being offered.
Some of the ministry's board members and donors were part of the crowd on a recent night and some of them put money in the donation jar outside the food truck. Basey said money for meals is put right back into cooking more meals.
Inside the food truck, Orchard scooped up black beans from a huge vat alongside the ministry's volunteer cook, Amanda Davis.
"We like to be able to serve people at whatever their need is," Orchard said.
Davis said the food truck represents yet another way to bless others.
"I started doing missions with No Boundaries and I just love to feed people," she said. "If I can share Jesus in a plate of food, that's awesome."