WACO, TX – Mission Waco wants teenagers and young men and women to learn food-service skills, so it is joining the growing trend of having food trucks and trailers serving on city streets by opening Urban Edibles.

It likely will have its unveiling on Sept. 1 to cook a “little bit of everything” in the parking lot behind the Mission Waco complex at North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue, executive director Jimmy Dorrell said.

Shortly thereafter, Mission Waco will make the trailer and its full kitchen available for special events and church functions all over Waco with staff to include clients, age 16 to 24, who want to prepare food and interact with the public.

Dorrell told the Waco Tribune-Herald that the goal of Urban Edibles is not necessarily to compete with other food trailers but to provide training for those needing a boost as they prepare to enter the job market, some for the first time ever.

“I’d love for us to break even, but I realize that’s probably at least a year away,” said Dorrell, whose Mission Waco programs include the Church Under the Bridge ministry, Jubilee Theatre, World Cup Cafe and a gift shop featuring products from Third-World artisans. Mission Waco has been providing physical and spiritual nourishment to the hungry and jobless for two decades.

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