The Achievable Foundation is teaming up with 12 of LA’s best food truck vendors to provide an afternoon of great food and fun, while helping low-income children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. On Saturday, July 31 from 12–4 p.m., Achievable’s Westside Food Fest will roll onto the campus of Venice High School featuring local favorites Fishlips Sushi, India Jones, Munchie Machine, and Mandoline Grill, among others. Guests can also enjoy live music, a marketplace and resource fair, and valuable raffle prizes.
The purpose of the event is to promote community inclusion and raise money for low-income individuals with developmental disabilities. Although 20% of the population has at least one developmental disability, individuals with such diagnoses are often excluded from community events. The Westside Food Fest will prominently feature individuals with developmental disabilities, including Scott Siegel, the lead singer of the headlining band, Arrest My Sister. All 100% of gate receipts will directly benefit people with developmental disabilities through Achievable’s health and welfare, specialized adaptive equipment, emergency support, and camp sponsorship programs.
“Teens and young adults with developmental disabilities have a need for community inclusion and benefit greatly from recreational activities offered in these settings. Giving those who seek and need opportunities to socialize and hang out a safe environment to do so is imperative to their mental and emotional growth,” says Elana Hirschman, Director of Program Development, Focus on All Child Therapies, a resource fair participant.
To date, 12 food trucks have confirmed for the Westside Food Fest including Fishlips Sushi, India Jones, Munchie Machine, Mandoline Grill, SliceTruck, Greasy Wiener, Phamish, Vizzi Truck, Del’s Lemonade, Ahn Joo, Papa’s Tapas, and Maui Wowi.
Admission to the event is $5. Advance purchase tickets are on sale at www.achievable.org, with tickets also available on the day of the event.
Achievable, was established in 1996 in response to the financial challenges and gaps in costly services facing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Achievable serves as a “safety net” to provide crucial resources and services to individuals with developmental disabilities when limited or no funding is available.
Over the years, Achievable has responded to the growing needs of our community by expanding our programs and services to include a spectrum of supports for assisting individuals in overcoming the many health and quality of life issues that can and often do result from having a disability. Achievable currently focuses our resources on providing emergency support, specialized equipment, camp sponsorships and health and wellness initiatives that improve health, well-being and access to appropriate health care. Achievable is committed to meeting the unmet needs of traditionally underserved children and adults with a range of developmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and/or other developmental disabilities living in and around Los Angeles.