Reverse Food Truck Distributes Food To Those In Need

In Minnesota's Twin Cities, a philanthropic campaign from local beer company Finnegans is hoping to pick up steam. The company's "reverse food truck" was recently introduced at a Minneapolis street festival.

Instead of preparing food for paying customers, the truck collects food and money and delivers it to hunger relief programs across four states in the Midwest.

The innovative project is the first of its kind that we know of in the United States, but we also recently learned of a similar charity concept in Hail, Saudi Arabia that warmed our hearts.

In the past several years, demand for emergency food assistance has increased dramatically, and food pantries have been struggling to keep up.

Finnegans' reverse food truck, which one organizer calls "a food drive in the most literal sense," hopes to be able to distribute 50,000 pounds of food to the hungry by the end of this summer.

Follow the Finnegans reverse food truck and keep track of their locations online. If you'd like to help, you can also make a donation at any time.

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.