Man who was once homeless helps open food truck to feed those in need

Johnny's Wagon isn't your typical food truck.


It's not uncommon to see food trucks parked outside during lunch, but Johnny's Wagon is not your typical food truck.

A few dozen people recently lined up to receive fried fish sandwiches and cold drinks.

All of them are homelessness. Once, the man in the kitchen, Johnny Goode, was too.

"It's scary wanting to know where your next meal's coming from, and that's why I want to bring them hope," Goode said.

He spent years living on the street, mostly at a homeless camp that was demolished last year to make way for a new soccer stadium. That's where Goode met Scott Goldbach, the founder and CEO of Daily Armor Ministries.

"I think he's, like, the third person that I met when we were doing street outreach," Goldbach said.

The two formed a bond, and when Goldbach's organization decided to start a mobile kitchen, he knew Goode had to be a part of it.

"His empathy for people is unlike anything I've ever seen before," Goldbach said.

"One of those things that was just meant to be," Goode said.

Goldbach bought a pickup truck and trailer with grants from the UPS Foundation and the MPD Charitable Foundation.

On Wednesday, Johnny's Wagon opened its window for the first time.

"I just thank God every day that I found my purpose in life," Goode said.

Last year, Goode moved into his own apartment and has now dedicated his life to serving hot meals and hope to those still in need.

"I've always been among my friends, who I try to think about today, and I just want to come back and help them because that's where my heart stands," Goode said.

"He's gotten this bigger picture. I can be somebody really that can make a difference in this world," Goldbach added.

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