Enjoy food for CAN

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ROCHELLE — Enjoy delicious eats while raising funds for a good cause. That’s the unofficial theme of the first Food Truck Festival, a fundraiser for the Rochelle Community Action Network (CAN). It will be held in the Municipal parking lot, at the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
“Larger towns do this so we thought we’d give it a try,” said CAN Chairman Michelle Pease, adding that the board has been discussing this for some time. “I’m excited about having a new event in Rochelle. I’m hoping we get a good crowd.”
Pease said various food vendors will set up in the parking lot where people can pick up lunch and either take it with them as they go shopping or run other errands, or eat it there. Picnic tables will be set up in the parking lot. Pease said CAN is also trying to round up a local musician to provide a little entertainment.
So far, Ralfie’s BBQ and Tacos al Pastor No. 1 have confirmed spots while negotiations are going on to secure others. Pease is hoping to get at least a half dozen food vendors.
Since this is the first time for the food truck festival, Pease said they aren’t sure what to expect.
Proceeds from the festival will go toward CAN’s three main events — their annual shopping trip in early December, their backpack program and their coat drive — all for local children. Starting with 150 backpacks, Pease said CAN now gives away 225 backpacks filled with needed school supplies at the start of every school year.
Other fundraising efforts include a mailing every fall, as well as donations from various organizations, businesses and individuals.
“We have a very generous community,” she said.
Besides Pease, other CAN board members include: Eva Chu, Vice President; Connie Avery,  Secretary; Mike Dale, Treasurer; and Pat Burch, Director.
Pease, the community development director fo the City of Rochelle, added she is hoping to make the food truck festival an annual event.