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Food truck with mission to feed – and fund – stops by Providence hospitals

The ElevATE Food truck will stop at two Providence hospitals with two goals: feeding and fundraising.

A new food truck making stops this week at St. Paul’s and Mount Saint Joseph hospitals will provide hospital staff and patients, and the public, with delicious local meals.

The profits will go to two Providence Health Care charities.

The CultivATE Food Truck is the brainchild of Richmond General Hospital surgeon Dr. Sharadh Sampath.

It is a project under the umbrella of the ElevATE non-profit society that he co-founded to address social inequality by providing training and a living wage for people facing barriers to employment.  

The eye-catching vehicle rolls in to St. Paul’s Hospital on November 10 for hungry customers.

The truck will visit Mount Saint Joseph Hospital two days later, on November 12, as part of its regular tour around the Lower Mainland, primarily at health-care sites.

Dr. Sampath was inspired to create the society to teach his own kids the value and importance of being of service to your community.

Funds for St. Paul’s Foundation and Mount Saint Joseph Provincial Breast Centre Fund

“From that initial conversation grew a beautiful concept for a non-profit organization that combined our passions – food, sustainability and social equity – and ElevATE was born,” he adds.

The net profits the food truck raises while it’s at St. Paul’s will go to St. Paul’s Foundation where they’re targeted for the hospital’s colorectal cancer treatments. The proceeds raised at Mount Saint Joseph will go to that hospital’s Provincial Breast Centre Fund.

ElevATE has attracted leaders from the culinary, non-profit, construction and agriculture industries who share its goals.

If you can’t stop by this time, don’t worry. The truck will be doing regular rotations, including St. Paul’s and Mount Saint Joseph visits. Check its website for the schedules, currently being developed.

For more about the CultivATE Food Truck, including location and menu, go to