Truck 316

 

The Story

We have learned, in more than 180 years of ministry at Dacula United Methodist Church, that when God gives you a dream, doors will open. Sometimes those doors belong to a food truck.

 

Truck 316 started with a dream. In the fall of 2016, during a leadership retreat to plan for the church’s future, we discussed how to reach and serve more people in our community, improve worship, and better care for our people. We sought innovative ways to share Christ’s love in tangible and meaningful ways. Then, a voice from the back of the room spoke up: “What if we had a food truck?”

 
The conversation that day inspired and connected our faith and creativity in a powerful way.
 
What if we had a food truck so we could feed the homeless in our community?
…so we could give a meal to families that are struggling to put food on the table?
…so we could give comfort to a community struck by disaster?
…so we could feed people spiritually and physically at the same time?
 
The list kept going. We agreed to continue to talk, pray, and learn about this ministry. This project could have easily taken years to bring to reality. But what seemed daunting and impossible began to materialize almost immediately.  
In early 2017, word of our dream traveled to the offices of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Conference leadership agreed to come alongside our efforts, contributing financially and with expert connections. We have learned from some of the best commercial food truck operators in the nation. We purchased a truck formerly used for linen deliveries and it has been professionally converted into a mobile kitchen.  

 

The Name

The name Truck 316 has dual meaning. In the Bible, John 3:16 is a well known passage where Jesus says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” We will convey this essential message to the people we serve every time we take the truck out.
 
Secondly, Truck 316 refers to Georgia Highway 316, a major artery that connects Atlanta to Athens, running right through our county, near Dacula, and a major part of our community life.  It’s along this route that we’ll do the majority of our work-serving Gwinnett County and the surrounding areas.
 
Follow us on the Truck 316 Facebook page as we spread God’s love and feed his people.
 
How can I make a difference?? All it takes is a $5 donation!

As our healthcare system is struggling with crowds of patients and staff shortages, Dacula UMC would like to show our appreciation to the hospital staff at Northside Gwinnett (formerly Gwinnett Medical Center).

In early September, Dacula UMC’s Truck 316 will be purchasing lunch for the entire hospital staff. How can you help? Our goal is to purchase 535 pizzas to feed the entire staff at two hospitals in Gwinnett County. For every $5 donation, you will purchase one pizza and feed a few healthcare workers.

Here’s how to donate:

Online at: Click here to visit the Give page.
Select ‘Truck 316 – Pizza for Northside Hospital Staff’ in the ‘Choose a Fund’ drop-down menu. Then enter the amount you would like to donate.
 
In Person: Bring a check or cash to church and drop it our secure mailbox located in the front parking lot, across from the covered sidewalk. Or bring your donation to church on Sunday, we’d love to see you. Make sure to mark all donations as Truck 316 Pizza Fund.
 
Please donate if you can! Every donation gets us closer to our goal! We will post updates along the way. Thank you for helping support our community during this Covid crisis. Please share this post with our family and friends.

Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18