GL Homes Executive VP Alan Fant
Photo credits: Capehart and Tracey Benson Photography
The day finally arrived! After years of planning, the Meal Mobile, a comprehensive delivery bus, is ready to hit the road to provide hot meals and engagement to those who are homeless and living on the streets in Palm Beach County.
Thanks to the long-standing partnership and financial support of GL Homes, The Lord’s Place is now able to drive its wrap-around services directly to the most vulnerable individuals living on the streets.
This transformative vehicle will change lives with a full-service kitchen for serving wholesome, freshly cooked meals and an office for engaging clients to expedite their journey out of homelessness. The bus also serves as an extension of The Lord’s Place’s culinary training program which gives clients the necessary foundational skills to acquire an entry-level position in most commercial kitchens.
More than 90 attendees were present to officially start the bus engine, including: The Lord’s Place executive leadership team, board members, staff members, friends of the agency; the GL Homes executive leadership team and company employees who had a direct hand in the design and creation of the bus; and local dignitaries.
In addition to donating more than $100,000, the GL Homes team also contributed more than 500 volunteer hours to purchase and convert the 41-foot-long bus from a mobile command unit into a food truck and engagement office. GL Homes employees assisted with concept development, equipment selection, kitchen design, interior architectural design, exterior graphic design, and obtaining city permits.
The Meal Mobile’s current schedule includes service engagement in Belle Glade, Boynton Beach and Riviera Beach, with more cities added to its schedule in 2024.