There IS a Free Lunch!

McWrap mealHello and welcome!  It’s been another one of those crazy days where a person goes to the grocery store, stops by work for breakfast, and ends up heading home seven hours later.  But I’m not complaining a bit!

Today I was asked to give up a day off and work instead… But in addition to the extra money, it also meant a free meal for covering the labor shortage.

Since there were four consecutive days off this week, it was a no-brainer to pick up the hours… and I “Will work for food”…  A premium wrap with grilled chicken is a good choice.  Tomorrow’s “fill in” shift means a nice big salad for supper – for free!  While these extra hours are “hit or miss” a person should definitely take advantage!  It sounds cheap, but after eating a lot of food at homeless missions, this is a treat!

Despite the enjoyable work and full belly, life has not been easy this last week. I’ve been treading water financially.  I told one of the guys at work “I can’t even afford a free cup of water!”  Adding more stress, my food stamps were slashed by about 70% to less than one week’s worth of food costs per month.  At least some food assistance is better than nothing… and it is more than I deserve!  (Too bad more people don’t understand that we’re not entitled to anything on this earth!)


Fast food work? This vandweller is LOVING IT!

It’s all good though.  I am grateful to God that this job is so much fun, there is a terrific crew to work with, and the health is still pretty good.  The vandwelling provides a safe, secure roof over the head.  There really is a lot to be thankful for.  I was just too blind to see it earlier!

The financial situation will improve shortly.  The plan is to keep working hard and to eventually more north – a place where the fish will be plentiful and will provide many free meals!  But in the meantime, the hard work here is good for a person physically, financially, and spiritually.

If you are an RVer or vandweller, consider giving fast food a chance.  It’s plenty of work but provides a steady paycheck and a supportive environment where one can blend in.

Take care and thanks for stopping by.  Best wishes from eastern Iowa!

Bradford, the Van Trekker

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to There IS a Free Lunch!

  1. Pleinguy says:

    I worked at a Hardies years ago. It was hard work for low pay. But, it got me by until something better came along. Hope your situation improves and that your health continues to improve. Take care.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks for the note. 🙂

      It’s hard work, no doubt… and the pay isn’t the greatest… It’s just a matter of counting the blessings. What is ironic is that there is a Hardees within walking distance of where I am considering moving… I was thinking about applying there.

      Take care!

  2. Jo says:

    Good thing you dropped by. Your really amazing you always have the higher out look on things. Good for You!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! Thank you for the kind words. One of the kids at work asked me why I’m always in a good mood. I said it’s because I’m lazy and it takes more muscles to frown. It’s so much easier being happy! 🙂