“Through the whole process I have built relationships, initiated change and learned about how to make an idea come to life. I now feel like I have more tools in my box to get some of my other ideas going! Thanks NOFC for supporting me!”--Amanda Presgraves, from Fueled
The Fueled Food Truck is a collaboration between the James Madison University (JMU) students, dining services department, faculty and administration. It's part of JMU's state-of-the-art renovation plan for its dining facility. And what's more hip-to-the-times than including a food truck hub in the new space? That's where Fueled comes in. With plans to serve locally-sourced fare with an Asian flare, the enterprise will be part co-op, part classroom. In other words, the student-run operation will be arming its people to go into the world post-graduation and operate not just any business, but one which is mobile, environmentally-sustainable, and which serves healthy food choices to a population that's notorious for subsisting on ramen packets.
Fueled won't open until this fall, when students reconvene for the 2016-17 school year. Newman's Own Foundation Challenge participant and Fueled co-founder, Amanda Presgraves, will have graduated by then and so she won't be on campus to see the fruits of her labor; however she said she didn't just help in the launching process for the glory of the finished project. The reason she did it, she said, was: "the engagement, investment and experience of being a part of something so powerful, and having used my passions to create such an experience." And that's what we call an NOFC success story.
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At the Fueled launch party in late April 2016, participants were asked to sample food and vote on what they'd most like to find at the food truck come fall 2016, when the business officially opens.