Food Truck Friday: Mary Lou Donuts

Mary Lou Donuts is teaming up with local businesses to give back to employees.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 3:48 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2021 8:31 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Mary Lou Donuts is a pretty recognizable name in the Greater Lafayette area.

They've been up and running since July 10 of 1961.

To celebrate 60 years of business, all year long they are selling their glazed yeast donuts for 60 cents apiece.

The brick and mortar may be a staple in the community, but the donut truck is relatively new.

Mary Lou owner Jeff Waldon got the idea for the truck back in 2017. However, it operates a bit differently than most trucks.

Instead of driving around town looking for customers, they allow people to book them for private events.

It's a method that's worked for the business.

"We tried the on-street vending," Waldon told News 18. "Due to the fact that we're selling a really inexpensive item, it's really difficult to make a daily income from just selling on the street."

The private booking method has allowed businesses to use the truck to give back to their employees.

It's that method of business that's giving employees at Kirby Risk Service Center a boost of motivation.

Operations Manager at Kirby Risk Sevice Center, Adam Franklin, explained to News 18 why they book the truck.

"We do it once a month just as a way to try and reward the employees for doing a good job, we want to create a positive atmosphere here."

Franklin said choosing Mary Lou Donuts was a clear choice.

"Manufacturing is a high-stress high pace environment," Franklin told News 18. "So having an opportunity to come outside, just get some fresh air, get a smile on their face...I definitely enjoy seeing that."

Mary Lou Donuts shares that same feeling.

"I think it is really important in these times that you take care of your employees and show them that you care for them and that you're willing to do nice things for them," Waldon told News 18.

The donut truck is also planning on partnering once again with student organizations on Purdue's campus.

In years past, groups have been able to team up with the truck for fundraising events.

You can find all the info you need about booking Mary Lou Donuts by clicking here.

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