Portsmouth food truck vendor asking for help from the community she loves to feed

PORTSMOUTH, Va, (WAVY) — A local businesswoman who’s served the community for many several years now requirements assist.

If you have been to the Portsmouth Courthouse around lunchtime, you’ve probably found her food stuff cart and it’s possible even liked a food. Nevertheless, the girl identified for her delicious food has fallen on tough times.

Marleen Rodriguez opened her meals truck, La Cocina de Marleena, in November of 2018. It is her enthusiasm, her newborn, and her content location. On the other hand, 2020 and 2021 have not been effortless for her. The coronavirus pandemic, surgery and products failure have her asking for help from the group she enjoys to feed.

“This is what I really like to do,” reported Rodriguez. “You like food stuff? I obtained you.”

Rodriguez treats just about every client with appreciate, so it is no shock that she crafted up a steady stream of hungry patrons considering the fact that she first commenced the enterprise.

She was employed to strains down the sidewalk, until finally the pandemic shut anything down.

“March came, COVID strike, I went from like 25 to 35 clients a day to like six or seven,” said Rodriguez.

It was a fiscal strike, but she was determined to get via it, opening up as she could.

“The rain washed absent my COVID strains but they were being there,” Rodriguez stated.

Just when it seemed like things were being selecting up, she experienced her appendix taken off. Then, earlier this 7 days, her truck broke down.

“That’s portion of my livelihood due to the fact I just can’t choose up supplies, I can’t move this to one more spot when I have to be there, you know what I’m expressing, so that’s like really hindering me,” explained Rodriguez.

She also desires to replace components on her foods truck’s grill.

Her daughter set up an on the web fundraiser to enable.

“Just to know that men and women, first off I know I’m not the only one battling, but folks know my battle and they know me,” Rodriguez reported. “Even if they do not know me individually, they know me as a result of right here and they see the kind of enthusiasm and love that I put into everything that I do.”

She’s hoping the like from the local community helps her get back again on her toes, so she can keep loving and feeding them.

You can find the on-line fundraiser by clicking right here.

Below: In November 2020, Marleen Rodriguez instructed her tale about shifting from New York and setting up her personal foods truck.

Barbara J. Miriam

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