I’m of two minds about New York’s food truck explosion. On one hand, it’s nice to be able to grab something well-made and innovative as I walk down the street instead of just the old standbys of hot dogs and pretzels. On the other hand, their generators add to the city’s noise and pollution and a lot of them abuse the public space they occupy by causing sidewalk congestion and failing to manage their litter. But NPR recently reported on one kind of food truck I can whole-heartedly get behind — New Haven’s food trucks that bring meals to underprivileged children during the summer.
Ensuring that children get a good breakfast and lunch is easy during the school year when they can receive those meals in school. During the summer, though, it can be tough to get meals to kids in poor areas even though they are eligible to receive those meals for free through a Department of Agriculture program. To overcome that difficulty, the city of New Haven, in partnership with United Way, has started using food trucks to reach them.
According to NPR, New Haven’s food trucks will dispense 40,000 free lunches to children this summer. For now, they’re mostly bag lunches, but there are plans to eventually distribute cooked meals, too. This is an excellent program that helps ensure that children get their basic nutritional needs met regardless of their parents’ circumstances and we hope it expands to more cities soon. Click here for more on United Way and the work they do across America.
Image: New Haven Public Schools