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Food truck festival to help fulfill wishes for children with critical illnesses

A scene from last year’s Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival.

Would you like to support a good cause by eating good food?

Next month, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley will host its annual Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival on City Island.

“Now more than ever, people are looking for ways to engage in the community,” event coordinator Emily Reading said.

On Sept. 19, food trucks will park on City Island in an effort to raise funds for an organization that has long granted wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Make-A-Wish across the country has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, Reading explained. Children that have made wishes involving travel have had to wait on their trips during the pandemic.

Reading has been a wish granter with Make-A-Wish for seven years. She meets with kids to help them decide what they want to wish for and helps make it come true.

“If these kids can have one day or one wish where they don’t have to worry about doctor visits or medications, that’s it for me,” she said.

To help support Make-A-Wish kids during the pandemic, Reading said that their chapter has held virtual talent shows and other events.

The Food Truck Festival is one way the public can join in on the wish-granting magic.

While the event is free to the public, each food truck will have a donation jar for the local chapter of Make-A-Wish. There will also be “giving stations” with information on the organization.

Money raised will go towards funding wishes that are safe in light of the pandemic, providing care packages to children, and making sure there are no delays in granting a child’s wish once it’s safe to do so.

Among the 30 or so food trucks attending will be some local favorites including 717 Tacos, Dough Heads Waffles LLC, PA Farm Show milkshakes and Stock’s on 2nd.

There will also be local musicians, entertainment and children’s activities at the event.

Reading said that they will follow state guidelines regarding the COVID crisis, and masks are encouraged.

“It’s going to be a day you can support local kiddos and spend time with your family,” Reading said.

The Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival is scheduled for Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on City Island, Harrisburg. For more information on Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley, visit or their Facebook page.

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