BERN –BUT IT’S SERVING MORE THAN JUST A PLATE OF FOOD. IT’S OPERATED BY ‘EASTERSEALS U-C-P’ AS PART OF THEIR ‘TRANSITION TO EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM’. 9 ON YOUR SIDE CAMILA BARCO IS DISHING THE DETAILS ON THE PROGRAM. LL: THAT PROGRAM AIMS TO HELP EMPLOY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. IN A FEW WEEKS EMPLOYEES WILL BE ON HAND AT SENSABLE SNACKS FOOD TRUCK SERVING THE PEOPLE OF NEW BERN, BUT ALSO BOOSTING THEIR VOCATIONAL SKILLS. PKG: IT’S A NEW WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE IN NEW BERN. SENSABLE SNACKS IS A FOOD TRUCK THAT SERVES HEALTHY ITEMS. ALL PACKAGED –FROM FROZEN TREATS TO GRANOLA BARS TO UNCUT FRUIT. “We’re not cooking on the truck.” EASTERNSEALS UCP WHO OPERATES THE TRUCK is partnering WITH THE FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA. “And we’re going to help deliver some prepackaged food from them to food desserts.” IN OTHER WORDS PROVIDING Healthy ALTERNATIVES TO PLACES THAT LACK GROCERY STORES. NEXT WEEK, LAURIE NEDERVEEN AT EASTERNSEALS UCP WILL MEET WITH THE FOOD BANK TO DETERMINE THOSE LOCATIONS. BUT THE FOOD TRUCK SERVES A BIGGER PURPOSE. it will employ PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AGES 16 TO 26. EMPLOYEES CAN GROW THEIR SKILLS AND PREPARE TO WORK IN THE COMMUNITY. “It’s going to be a training ground and kind of a funnel of experiences for our employees.” SOME OF THOSE JOBS INCLUDE WORKING THE CASH REGISTER, INVENTORY, AND DEVELOPing MARKETING SKILLS. “We want to employ as many people with disabilities as possible and give them a really good head start and having successful employment.” ACCORDING TO A REPORT SHE READ, 65 PERCENT OF NORTH CAROLINIANS WITH DISABILITIES ARE UNEMPLOYED. THIS FOOD TRUCK IS ONE STEP TO HELP THE UNDESERVED LABOR FORCE. “It’s really for them to explore who they are, what they want.” LL: NEW BERN IS ONE OF TWO LOCATIONS WHERE SENSABLE SNACKS WILL OPERATE THE OTHER ONE is in AHOSKIE. THIS FOOD TRUCK IN NEW BERN PLANS TO BE ON THE ROAD IN EARLY NOVEMBER. IN NEW BERN, CAMILA BARCO, 9OYS.