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Utah couple with Down Syndrome running popular food truck

Posted at 9:27 PM, Aug 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-05 00:12:32-04

SALT LAKE CITY — From cookies to ice cream and soda, Tate Davies and Hanna Homer have a sweet treat for everyone with their increasingly popular food truck.

“They order drinks and get ice cream," said Hanna. "So if the sun is hot, they get ice cream. In the wintertime, they get hot chocolate or donuts or stuff like that.”

What makes this business special is that Davies and Homer have Down Syndrome.

Jana Homer, Hanna's mom, helped the couple launch the business a little over a year ago.

“I think it was over COVID, and they were like, stuck at home," she said. "They didn't have school . . .we were just kind of brainstorming, because they graduated from high school and we just thought of the food truck.

"We should just do treats, make them happy, something to do."

Now, Tate and Hanna are busier than ever.

“Last year was really slow, like our food truck actually lost money," said Jana. "And this year, it's just popular, like people are getting to know who they are.”

The two served more than a hundred customers Thursday night at Special Olympics Utah’s second annual Walk for Inclusion.

“I've been involved with Special Olympics in some capacity for 42 years," said Scott Weaver, President and CEO of Special Olympics Utah. "So I've seen a lot of amazing accomplishments by the athletes that I've gotten to know. And Hannah and Tate are a great example of people (that) exceeded the expectations."

It’s been a lot of hard work, but to see the impact Tate and Hanna are making in the community makes it all worth it.

“It's cute to see these kids with special needs who come in, they're like, 'Well, wow, they can run a business, and they have a business,'" said Jana.

"And I just think it's, it's pretty neat for these kids to see that. And just I think it's inspirational, and Tate and Hanna also just bring a lot of happiness to people.”

Tate and Hanna take their food truck all over the Wasatch Front every week.

Check out their full schedule or book them for an event on their Instagram page.