ROXBURY, NJ – Standing in the bright sun at the Waterloo Concert Field, surrounded by donated food from people attending today’s Just Jersey food Truck & Music Festival, Janet Wald was ecstatic.
With the help of some young volunteers, Wald, the director of Roxbury’s social services department, was collecting the canned and packaged food for the Roxbury Food Pantry. The items were piling up, there wasn’t a rain cloud in sight and Wald was besides herself with gratefulness.
“If I could do cartwheels, I would do them across this field,” she said. “The food being donated is just amazing. This is just amazing. My (Food Pantry) shelves were empty.”
The food will be doled out to less fortunate families in Roxbury. Wald said many Roxbury residents do not realize how many people in the township rely on the Food Pantry and Roxbury Social Services.
“I have over 300 families which adds up to more than 500 mouths to feed,” she said. “They come in every other week for food. They come with a shopping list and we fill it. This festival is a blessing.”
Throughout the warm day, as music from artists Spinn, Kinderhook, The Nerds and Black Rose echoed off Allamuchy Mountain, festival visitors lined up at about 30 food trucks on the field’s perimeter. Many stayed right to the 7 p.m. end, relaxing on blankets and lawn chairs.
The perfect weather was a relief for event promoter Allison Kohler, of Succasunna, whose prior 2015 food truck and music festival, on June 27, was hampered by a rainy day. She has another festival scheduled for Oct. 3. It will be at the same place and will also help the Food Pantry.
The importance of the event to food truck owners was proven by the case of the Taxi Cab Burger Food Truck. Owner David Gilenson, of Randolph, was driving the truck Friday on Route 80 when it banged into the side of a tractor trailer, leaving its front left corner smashed.
The truck was too damaged to drive, but Gilenson, determined to be at the festival, had the big yellow vehicle towed to the concert field that night. “I did everything I could to get here today,” he said.