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Feeding Our Future

Mar/02/2024 / by Team Seema

From collegiate food trucks to a run for Congress, Bhavini Patel is making her dreams happen

At 30 year old, congressional candidate Bhavini Patel embodies so much of the American dream. Raised by a single immigrant mom from India, she started feeding the future of Pennsylvania as a child—literally. Early on, she worked after school and on weekends at her family’s food truck business, India on Wheels, catering to locals and students on the campuses of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Bhavini walked in their shoes and eventually graduated from Pitt herself and went on to earn her Master’s degree from Oxford University. Now she is back in the Pittsburgh area feeding the community by nourishing local neighborhoods as an advocate for public safety, green spaces and showing support for small businesses. 

Patel currently serves as an elected official on the Edgewood Borough Council, and works as Community Outreach Manager for Allegheny County where she works on criminal justice reform. This year India on Wheels is still a feeding hundreds of students as Bhavini hits the ballot as the U.S. Democratic candidate Congress in the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.“Public service is about being present in the community and serving the community. For me, it’s about being in the district, getting a sense of people’s day-to-day lives and what people are experiencing that positions you to best serve and lead an area. That’s critical for me.” —Bhavini Patel in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

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