Today's Special | New truck launches with free food for homeless

Today's Special | New truck launches with free food for homeless

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man is launching his new food truck today by providing free food to the homeless of Champaign-Urbana.

Erasmus Diaz, 35, has started up Hunger Force Mobile Kitchen LLC.

Diaz said he has lots of experience in the restaurant industry and decided it was time for him to have his own food truck.

"I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved out here when I was almost 15," said Diaz. "I didn't speak a word of English and had to take English as a second language all four years at Rantoul Township High School. I graduated in 2001."

But whenever he came home from school, Diaz helped his mother cook things in the kitchen. Many of those products have found a place on Hunger Force's menu.

"I have wanted to own my own restaurant ever since I was little," he said. "A food truck is a cheaper way to start your own business, especially in the world of restaurants. And I am all about feeding the hungry people."

He said the truck will sell a variety of Filipino food, including soup bowls, fried noodles and fried rice.

Today, Diaz will be bringing his food truck to the circle drive at Hessel Park from 3 to 8 p.m. He plans on providing free food for homeless people.

"I will be serving them fried rice, fried noodles and egg rolls," he said.

Diaz isn't sure yet where his food truck will be stationed.

"I plan on trying out different locations until I can identify a permanent spot like many of the other food trucks have," he said.

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