Denison food truck honors first responders, veterans, nurses

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - A new food truck in town is serving up sandwiches and gratitude.

Mitchell's Food Trailer is parked at Texoma Medical Center every weeknight.

Chris Mitchell says he had an appetite of appreciation for nurses, doctors, first responders and veterans

"But this is something I've always wanted to do and pretty passionate about doing. And I love to cook for people," Mitchell said.

2019 got off to a rough start for Mitchell.

In January, a fire left him and his family without a home and killed one of their pets.

Everyone else made it out, but he said it's been a long road to getting back on their feet.

"When our house burned down, we lost everything," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he's had the idea for this business for a while, and now it's a reality.

He's hungry to help and his sandwich shop is open 8 to 11:30 p.m., but often stays open later to cater to the night shift.

"So there's a lot of time I'm serving food until 2 in the morning," Mitchell said.

Mitchell's is also open for lunch three days a week.

It's open to anyone, but he hopes to say "thank you" and serve food to those who serve others.

"I have every badge of the first responders and the military," Mitchell said.

Mitchell's brother served in the military, so it's a meaningful cause to him.

He asks veterans, nurses, police officers, firefighters and any first responders to sign this wall on his truck and offers them a discount.

"It has all the people that we're thanking and letting them know that they're appreciated for what they do," he said.

Mitchell said it's his way of expressing gratitude after he saw firsthand what first responders do for others.

"I mean these people dedicated their lives so that I could even have the freedom to do this," Mitchell said.