by Jody Kerzman | Submitted Photos
Carson Wentz may be the most famous Wentz brother, but his older brother, Zach, is doing some pretty remarkable things himself.
When Carson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, Zach and his wife, Andie, moved there too. Zach took on the role of managing his brother’s off-the-field affairs. These days, that includes the AO1 (Audience of One) Foundation and their new project—a free food truck called Thy Kingdom Crumb.
“We wanted to give back to as many people in this area as we could,” explains Zach. “The church we attend here had a vision for a mobile food truck years ago. The idea was brought up again in February. We talked about what it could look like, how it could work, and after a lot of thought and prayer, decided it was something we wanted to do.”
The Wentz brothers contracted with a local company in Philadelphia that builds custom mobile food trucks for Disney and other big name clients. They custom built the Thy Kingdom Crumb truck specific to the needs of the mission.
“It is custom from the inside out. Every size and spec is something we decided on.”
Food trucks are nothing new—they’re a common sight in cities and towns across the nation. But there’s something different about this truck. The food in this truck is free. No one pays a dime for anything.
“No one has ever had a mobile food truck that gives away food for free,” explains Zach. “Of course, there are trucks that occasionally give out free food, but we are the only truck that does it all the time.”
But they’re serving up more than just a tasty meal in this food truck. They’re also sharing their love for God, and leading others to Him.
“We had so many positive stories from just the first four times we’ve been out so far,” says Zach. “We had one instance where a member of our team talked with a man and his niece, and they ended up accepting Christ right then and there. Later that evening we got an email from the man’s wife telling us she had been praying for him to find Jesus for the past several years. Moments like that we know we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.”
Zach says right now there are two and a half full-time employees for the truck. The rest of the workers are volunteers, serving at events. They’re trained not only to cook and serve food, but also to share their faith.
“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response so far from our partners and our donors and from the community as well. There have been questions about who the food is for. We want everyone to know that it is for everyone, not just those who have a physical need. Everyone has a need. We may not see it, but inside, everyone has a need to be seen, to be heard, to be listened to. We want to bless everyone. Ultimately, our goal is to demonstrate Christ’s love and to bring people to Him.”
The Wentz brothers have been doing that since Carson was drafted. Immediately they had a vision and set up the AO1 Foundation, not knowing exactly where that would go. Zach says looking back, the ride has been pretty incredible.
“It has been beyond comprehension what we have been able to do in just a couple of years. And we’re just getting started.”
As for the food truck, they’re just getting started with that too. Their big picture goal, their vision, as Zach says, is to have multiple trucks in multiple cities, including one in North Dakota.
“We are walking now, but soon we’ll be running, and then sprinting,” says Zach. “We are making a model here, as far as the documentations and the employees, and we will be able to guide partners in other cities when the time comes to add more trucks. We are here now, in this situation, with this platform for a reason. We want to use that the best way possible.”
Click here to learn more about Thy Kingdom Crumb.