Truckeroo Navy Yard ShootingWASHINGTON DC – Many of DC’s food truck owners have been negatively affected by the current government shutdown because furloughed government employees are cutting their dining budgets. This fact hasn’t stopped the Food Truck Association from holding their monthly Truckeroo food truck festival.

This month the event doubled as a fundraising event to help support the victims of last months Navy Yard shooting.

Che Ruddell-Tabisola, the co-owner of the BBQ Bus and political director for the Food Truck Association, said they collected more than $1,700. “We were genuinely touched by people’s generosity, especially in light of the shutdown,” he said in an email. “More than a couple people tossed $10s and $20s in the donation jars. There were some unexpectedly touching moments too. One individual having lunch shared with us that she lost two coworkers in the shooting and thanked us for collecting donations.”

The proceeds of the event will be sent to the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s fund. They will then be given directly to victim’s families.