The Cullman County Extension Office recently purchased a food trailer that it is using for various purposes.
“Food trucks and trailers can be found all across Alabama selling food items often without healthy options. The Cullman County Extension office hopes to change that with their new food trailer. The trailer is wrapped in purple and with the words ‘eat better, move more, make a change.’ Extension agents hope the message impacts audiences that see it,” said Donna Shanklin, a regional Extension agent in human nutrition, diet and health.
Food Trailer is Custom Made
According to Cullman County Extension Coordinator Tony Glover, the trailer was purchased using several local, state and national grants. The food trailer was custom made for educational use. It has generator power, propane gas and a small water tank which allows it to work without any utilities.
Glover said the trailer is similar to commercial food trailers, but it has cameras mounted inside to show food prep on a 42-inch television.
Extension Agents Deliver Food Safety and Cooking Demonstrations
Alabama Extension Regional Food Safety Agent Angela Treadaway, Emma Thompson (SNAP-Ed) and Raydonna Sims, Cullman County agent assistants, are using the trailer to deliver cooking demonstrations at remote sites that do not have a readily available kitchen. The trailer will also be used at festivals, fairs and farmers markets in Cullman County.
“The mobile kitchen is a great resource for our community. It’s great that it is available in case of emergencies,” said Cullman County Commissioner Garry Marchman.“
Glover has already discussed with Wallace State Community College officials the possibility of working with culinary students in some way.
Cherrie Haney, director of Cullman County Economic Development added, “We are excited to have this resource in our community. We look forward to seeing it used to educate the general public and train entrepreneurs who may be interested in becoming food vendors.”
While the mobile kitchen is outfitted for entrepreneurial use, it is also ready for disaster relief use. “After the 2011 tornado, we saw the need in rural areas for a mobile kitchen to feed disaster response teams healthy hot meals,” said Glover.
Local political leaders, Master Gardeners and others toured the mobile kitchen and visited a Jack Deloney art exhibit on loan to the county office on August 8.
The Grassroots Committee met after the open house.