Pepe's draws crowd of customers for Tiger Pantry fundraiser

The Mexican food truck held a massively successful fundraiser for MU's new food pantry.
Friday, September 28, 2012 | 7:34 p.m. CDT; updated 11:03 a.m. CDT, Saturday, September 29, 2012
Pepe Perez poses for a portrait after closing Pepe's Food Truck, located in the parking lot outside of Memorial Student Union Friday afternoon. Pepe's was open from 11 to 2 p.m., with 10 percent of the sales going to Tiger Pantry.

COLUMBIA — It was a 40-minute wait for lunch Friday when Pepe's Mexican food truck landed on the MU campus.

After noon, a line of at least 45 people stretched across the parking lot north of the MU Student Center.

For student Jason Ziler, finally catching up with Pepe's was worth the wait.

"I hear people talking about Pepe's — people saying, 'There's a taco truck somewhere in town,' but I'd never seen it," he said.

Pepe's made the stop for a cause: 10 percent of the afternoon's proceeds went to Tiger Pantry, a new organization founded by the Missouri Students Association to provide food for students and faculty in need.

"I'm honestly astounded with how many people are coming out and willing to wait in line so long," said Nick Droege, founder and director of Tiger Pantry. "I'm still kind of taking it in."

The fundraising effort was promoted widely by MU students. CJ Sandidge, assistant director of financial aid at MU, said she received an email about the event, and the whole financial aid office decided to attend.

"It's a nice day for this," Sandidge said. "I think it's great anytime we can give back."

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