Luke’s Lobster is participating in Chefs for the Polls, an initiative of World Central Kitchen. Chefs for the Polls is partnering with restaurants to provide meals to people at polling places across the country.
At the heart of Luke’s participation is a goal to “help feed potential voters for whom not knowing where their next meal will come from is an impediment to voting” and in doing so “remove hunger as a barrier to making your voice heard at the ballot box.”
- On Sunday the Luke’s food truck will be at the Lewiston Farmers Market from 9:30 am to 1 pm where Maine Equal Justice volunteers will be helping people register to vote and providing information.
- On Tuesday—Election Day—the Luke’s food truck will be located in Portland on Park Ave across from the Expo serving meals to voters at that polling place or folks that have voted elsewhere and need a meal.
The meals being provided are a mix of Luke’s hot and cold seafood dishes with salads and soups are donated by Little Leaf Greens and Hurricane’s Soups.
World Central Kitchen is a non-profit founded by famed chef and humanitarian José Andrés. Here’s an overview from WCK on the program,
We know that a fresh meal is more than a plate of food — it’s a sign that someone cares and that there’s hope for the future. As people across the country get ready to make their voices heard, often facing great, nearly insurmountable challenges to do so, we can support and uplift them and show them how much they matter. We will use the power of food to make Election Day one of community and hope.
People often cast their vote before work, during their lunch break, or after work — all prime meal times. We also know that while long lines are an inconvenience for some, for many they can mean the difference between voting and not voting. For these reasons, World Central Kitchen and its partners are activating Chefs For The Polls to serve nourishing meals on early voting days and Election Day. We’ll be stationed by polling locations around the country, targeting those with historically long lines, predicted massive turnouts, or limited facilities, sharing meals with anyone – no questions asked. If we can help alleviate the challenges of Election Day, we will be there.