RALEIGH N.C. -- A church may not be the first place you think to go for a plate of barbecue, but First Baptist Church of Raleigh is hoping to change the game.
“We sat down together and said, 'What would it be like to open up a food truck that gives back into the community in some kind of way?'” said Leah Reed, minister with Community at FBC Raleigh.
The church paired up with pitmaster David With, and as of October 28, the “giving back” food truck titled "And Also with 'Cue" was in business.
“I was working on a dissertation at Boston University about how churches can start for-profit businesses to bring in alternative revenue so it was just a really perfect marriage of where their vision was and where my dissertation and project was," With said.
Twenty percent of each sale goes toward a meal that is given away.
The truck feeds, for free, an average of 160 people each Thursday who participate in the church’s clothing giveaway.
The hope is the stained-glass pig on the side of the truck can be a symbol of not only good food, but doing good in the community.
“Church is different than it was even 20 years ago so we are hoping this can be a forward thinking way that churches can join together and do something really important in the community," Reed said.
“Barbecue is for everyone so we are spreading barbecue, peace, and love. And also with you- it’s for everyone in the community,” With said.
The food truck is open every weekday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of FBC Raleigh.