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Neighbors stay at home, invite restaurant’s food truck for lunch

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Like all of us, people in this Noblesville neighborhood are at home a lot more under Indiana’s stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re starting to get a little stir-crazy,” Aaron Seamon, a father who lives in the neighborhood, told News 8.

People in the neighborhood totally understand.

“A lot of us are stuck at home right now. I’m with my kids 24 hours a day,” said Erin Buck, a mother who also lives in the same neighborhood.

That’s why Erin Buck helped organize some social distancing fun: A food truck appeared in the middle of the neighborhood for lunch Tuesday.

“I’ve just started setting up some food trucks to come to our neighborhood to bring a little happiness.” Buck said.

At least 6 feet apart, everyone expressed happiness.​

“It’s amazing! I actually pushed aside a meeting today at work for this. I told my boss a food truck’s coming, I need to go!” said Matthew Gray, a father who lives in the neighborhood.

“It’s just a little bit of joy that we get in our day!” Gray said. “Food is a joy, it brings people together!”

Neighbors said they’ve made sure to support Samano’s Taqueria food truck and other local businesses.​

“I’m really thankful and really grateful that we still have these people to support us,” said Adrian Samano, the owner of Samano’s Taqueria.

Based in Noblesville, Samano told me he had to lay off half his staff because of the pandemic. ​Since bars and restaurants are open only for take-out or delivery, his business is down 80%.​

“Luckily, we got the food truck at the end of the year last year just for festivals, private parties, stuff like that. Now, it a survival thing,” ​Samano said.

Noblesville isn’t the only place getting in on social distancing fun​

In Zionsville, the town encourages neighbors to get out on their porches, order a meal and play some family friendly music on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. ​Keith Burton came up with the idea called it Dining from a Distance: Porch Party Zville.

“We can check in with neighbors, we can support our local businesses, and we can all come together and do an applause for all the couriers and first responders who are looking after us.” Burton said.