Mobile kitchens provide comfort food, in the truest sense of the word, for thousands of earthquake victims.
Kumamoto has only just begun the process of recovering from the series of destructive earthquakes that struck the prefecture late last week. As those affected seek to restore some sense of normalcy to their daily lives, residents were happy to know that two of Japan’s biggest gyudon, or beef bowl, chains were generously doing what they could to provide some familiar comfort at mealtime.
On April 18, a food truck operated by Sukiya, a national gyudon chain with its roots in Yokohama, rolled into the town of Mashikimachi in Kumamoto and began distributing beef bowls to disaster victims, with a total of 1,000 meals handed out to victims of the earthquake at lunchtime
Sukiya followed this by serving another 1,500 free meals in the evening, and the truck’s kitchen was busy again the next day, once again providing meals to those in need.
Also in the area was Yoshinoya, Japan’s largest gyudon chain, which had a mobile kitchen set up in the town of Nishihara, also in Kumamoto, on April 19 and 20 to distribute beef bowls before moving Mashikimachi for two days starting on April 21.
山西小学校に吉野家が牛丼の炊き出しにきてくれました‼︎ あったかくて美味しい 店員さんも遠い所から来てくれてるらしく、明るい対応で元気を出してと皆に声をかけてくれてます。 https://t.co/BvTTMcC91w—
GN (@gnskkul) April 19, 2016
Many in Kumamoto lost homes or loved ones in the quakes, and with so many pieces of their lives left to pick up, but in the communities where these displays of generosity took place, at least they could take finding food for lunch and dinner off their list of concerns.