Food Truck Friendzy kicks-off Thursday in Anna

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Slayter Creek Park should be a little cleaner for Food Truck FRIENDZY thanks to the Aces baseball team, which picked up trash after their game last Thursday.

A new event dubbed Food Truck FRIENDZY starts this Thursday at Anna’s Slayter Creek Park.  For the next six weeks, food trucks will headline a weekly community gathering from 5- 8 p.m. each Thursday. There will also be plenty of family-friendly activities like cornhole, horseshoes, oversized tic-tac-toe, large chess sets, Jenga and ladderball. 

Anna Recreation Manager Jeff Freeth says this was all done with the idea of creating community while also helping local businesses. Many food trucks have had a hard time staying in business during the pandemic, so this allows them to reconnect with neighbors in a different setting.

“We have a lot of back yard activity kind of stuff going on just really to encourage people to come out on a Thursday night,” he says. 

Different weeks will have different themes.  On May 6, Food Truck FRIENDZY will coincide with Firefighter Appreciation Day.  The city is still ironing out the details, but they will likely include an oversized card for visitors to sign and express their appreciation for firefighters.

Since the following Thursday falls during Police Appreciation Week, there will be something to honor police that day.  Plans are also in the works to recognize graduating Anna High School seniors and the city’s public works department.

The Food Truck FRIENDZY finale will be June 3.  It will include a performance from the popular local band Le Freak, which proclaims itself to be the greatest disco band in the world. The last food truck gathering of the spring will also mark the beginning of the city’s Summer RECess initiative.  Visitors will be able to sign for various recreation department programs, classes and activities. 

Freeth, who joined the city last fall as its first recreation manager, says it’s exciting to be a part of a newly formed department and play a role in its development.  All the programs that he is currently overseeing were created to foster a greater sense of community. He hopes that the food trucks, as well as the summer initiatives, will get residents excited and encourage them to connect with more neighbors.

“We want people to have fun, make friends and bring their friends,” he says.