OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A community in Olmsted Township has found a way to bring neighbors together in a safe and socially distanced manner while also supporting local businesses.
In the Woodgate Farms development, neighbors have always been close. The tight-knit community was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic that took away their ability to come together and connect.
That is until someone came up with an idea that would get the community back together while also doing some good for the area.
“We originally said one truck a week, and then things took off, so we were all really pleased with it,” said Joy Iannicca of Woodgate Farms.
Having food trucks come to the neighborhood—an idea to support local businesses while also getting residents together while outside and socially distant.
The idea grew and, in its popularity, expanded from one food truck a week to multiple food trucks a week over the summer and throughout the fall.
Now, the neighborhood is even hosting food truck fish fry Fridays, continuing the idea that has boosted their sense of community and impacted the local restaurants around them.
“I love it. I like to support local businesses when I can, so bringing it right to our neighborhood is even better,” said neighbor Susan Hren.
The entire idea turned out to be a win-win for everyone in the community, and perhaps may help spread the idea to other neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio.
“I think it’s awesome. I think more communities should take advantage of it,” said neighbor Melissa Eckenrode.