The Brooklyn Park-based Stories Foundation is continuing to raise funds to make the dream of the Stories Freedom food truck a reality.

The foundation will host a “Superhero 5K” run and walk 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove.

The food truck, which will be used to educate communities about the realities of human trafficking, is expected to launch by the end of this month, according to Jessie Szmanda, a Stories Foundation board member. The foundation raised more than $30,000 in an April campaign and is now attempting to raise another $20,000 to ensure the truck begins and keeps on rolling to community events and festivals.

The eventual goal is a community café where people can learn about human trafficking, and the proceeds of food sales will go to help human trafficking victims around the country and world.

The group, comprised of board members who live around the metro area but have connections to Brooklyn Park, has been working on the goal for several years and is making real progress, Szmanda said.

“The idea of Stories Café and Stories Foundation has been around for years,” she said. “We are making really big strides and steps forward.”

The group is working on purchasing a truck and having it personalized for the Stories mission, Szmanda said. Event attendees will either see the actual truck during an unveiling at the 5K, or they will see the designs for the truck. The menu will also be unveiled, but since there are strict requirements for food service licensing, no food will be served.

Families are invited to join in the 5K event, where rolling strollers with little ones and children are welcomed, she said. The goal is raising funds while helping people to learn about human trafficking and what they can do to help victims and their community.

“We really want families to feel empowered that they can make a change and be involved,” she said.

The event includes a superhero costume contest, swag bags for the first 150 people registered, T-shirts for all who register, prizes for kids, carnival games, face painting, a bouncy house and a craft table where kids can make their own superhero mask.

The foundation is also hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the Lutheran Church of the Master, 1200 69th Ave. N., Brooklyn Center.

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