Updated June 3
Carson Wentz is a devout Christian who often cites his belief as key to his success. Last year, the Eagles quarterback channeled that faith into a new nonprofit called the AO1 Foundation, which has a stated mission of “uplifting individuals and communities around the world by demonstrating God’s love for His people.”
On Friday, Wentz announced a new culinary-minded side project to help further that goal: a food truck called Thy Kingdom Crumb.
As might be expected, this isn’t your regular mobile eats operation. Instead of vending to customers, the plan is for the truck to drive around Philadelphia and distribute free meals to people in need. In addition to simply filling hungry bellies, per TKC’s website, the hope is that connections made will also help people “experience the unconditional love of God in a tangible manner.”
“The longer I’ve been in the city of Philadelphia,” Wentz says in a promo video for the new truck, “the more I’ve seen and the more connection I’ve felt with this city.
“I wanted to find a way to make a difference in this area and the community. What better way than than to provide free food?”
Per PMN reporter Zach Berman, the project is a partnership with the Connect Church, a self-described “multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-ethnic” congregation based in Cherry Hill, N.J.
What kind of food TKC will dole out to help achieve enlightenment has not yet been revealed.
Also not yet clear is which Philly neighborhoods the truck will aim to serve. However, nearly one in five Philadelphians experiences food insecurity, so it shouldn’t been tough to find communities in need. TKC will also visit colleges, where food insecurity is often more prevalent than most realize.
An online calendar so far only lists truck stops at the Linc. The first one comes on the preseason date of Thursday, Aug. 30, and the rest follow the schedule of Eagles home games through the end of the year.
Thy Kingdom Come was just one of the initiatives Wentz introduced Friday, when he spoke in advance of his charity softball game at Citizens Bank Park.
He also announced he’d be presenting a $520,000 check to Mission of Hope Haiti — half raised through AO1 and half his own coin — to build a youth sports complex on the Caribbean island.