National Street Vending Initiative

 

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Download the Sanitation Report:
Street Eats, Safe Eats: How Food Trucks and Carts Stack Up to Restaurants on Sanitation
Download Streets of Dreams: How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Protectionist Barriers to Street Vending
  
Download other IJ Reports:
Food-Truck Freedom: How to Build Better Food-Truck Laws in Your City
and Seven Myths and Realities about Food Trucks: Why the Facts Support Food-Truck Freedom 
Want a FREE “Legalize Street Food” sticker for your food truck or cart?  Email activism@ij.org. Make sure to include whether you'd like a slate gray or sangria color decal.

About the National Street Vending Initiative

Through its National Street Vending Initiative, the Institute for Justice works to defeat anti-competitive restrictions that violate the constitutional rights of street vendors to earn an honest living.  This initiative combines litigating against these restrictions in state and federal courts, helping vendors organize in order to fight these restrictions through activism, and educating the public about the importance—both economically and socially—of street vendors. 

Are you a vendor whose business is being hurt by protectionist laws? We can help. Email activism@ij.org to join our fight to legalize street vending in your city.

 

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How Do Food Trucks and Carts Stack Up to Restaurants on Sanitation?

A new IJ report, Street Eats, Safe Eats: How Food Trucks and Carts Stack Up to Restaurants on Sanitation, suggests that food trucks and carts are just as safe and clean as restaurants—often more so.

IJ analyzed several years of food-safety inspections from seven major American cities, and in every one food trucks and carts did as well as or even better than restaurants. Those cities were Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

To request free copies of the report, “Street Eats, Safe Eats” stickers or a poster for your truck, please e-mail activism@ij.org with your mailing address.

 

 


Legalize Food Carts in Chicago

Did you know that sidewalk vendors in the Windy City are not allowed to sell any food other than raw, uncut produce or frozen desserts? That means no tamales, no corn on the cob—not even a Chicago-style hot dog! Vendors live in fear of being caught for earning an honest living. Some have even been arrested for selling tamales to their neighbors in Little Village.

The Street Vendor Justice Coalition and the Institute for Justice have introduced a reform proposal to the city council, and you can help by telling the aldermen that greater lunch-time options are the tasty and constitutional way to go. Don’t forget to use #MyStreetsMyEats when showing your Twitter love!

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Cities

Events

Akron 

Chicago: Recipe For Success: Your Seat At The Table (May 3, 2014)

Atlanta

Tampa: World's Largest Food Truck Rally II (March 29-30, 2014)

Baton Rouge

Tampa: World's Largest Food Truck Rally (August 31, 2013)

Birmingham

Chicago: Recipe for Success (April 27, 2013)

Bloomington, MN

Pittsburgh: Community Support Rally (October 14, 2012)

Buffalo

New Orleans: Let the Food Trucks Roll (July 24, 2012)

Chicago Food Carts

Chicago: My Streets, My Eats Mobile Food Symposium (April 14, 2012)

 

 

Articles

Chicago Food Trucks

Food Trucks Thrive Under New City Laws Times-Picayune (April 1, 2014)

Columbus

Council Fine-Tunes City's Operating Rules for Food Trucks SDNews.com, San Diego (March 7, 2014)

Cranston, RI

City Council to Consider New Rules for Food Trucks Baltimore Sun (March 3, 2014)

Dallas

Baltimore County Council Passes Countywide Food Truck Bill Baltimore Sun (January 23, 2014)

El Paso

San Diego Food Trucks in Flux San Diego City Beat (December 4, 2013)

Englewood, NJ

Your Favorite Food Vendor Could Get Arrested Salon (November 24, 2013)

Hialeah, FL

Englewood Hot Dog Vendor Seeks Leniency until she can Find Route for Truck NorthJersey.com (September 24th, 2013)

Honolulu

Food Trucks May Soon Be Allowed on City Streets—But Where, When, and How? Metro Pulse (August 14, 2013)

Las Vegas

 
 
 

Food trucks get legal push in Akron Ohio.com (July 23, 2013)

 

Judge issues ruling that could mean vendors can return to work; city disagrees The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (July 2, 2013)

 

 

 

Street Fight: Food Trucks vs. Restaurants Wall Street Journal (August 9, 2012)

Pittsburgh

Get Your Kitchen Out of My Parking Space! Slate (February 22, 2012)

 

In food truck fights, libertarian law firm takes a stand The Washington Post (August 18, 2011)

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Links 
St. Petersburg Alexandria Food Trucks
Sunrise Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes
Washington, DC
Fashion Trucks
Atlanta Street Food Coalition
Washington, DC
Food Trucks
Atlanta Vendors Association
York, PA Bluegrass Food Truck Association 
Central Florida Food Truck Alliance

DFW Food Truck Association

Photos and Video

 

Video: Game of Thrones Food Trucks: Chicago Food Trucks

DC Food Trucks Association

Video: Food Fight in Washington: Let's Save DC Food Trucks

Food Truck Association of Miami

Video: Mean Streets: El Paso's Attack on Mobile Vendors Greater Akron Food Truck Association
Video: Streets of Dreams: Challenging Atlanta's Street Vending Monopoly Keep Food Legal
Video: My Streets, My Eats: Free Chicago's Mobile Vendors from Anticompetitive Laws Mobile Cuisine
Video: Buffalo Food Trucks Mobile Food News
Video: Free Pittsburgh's Food Trucks to Feed the People New Orleans Food Truck Coalition
Photos: My Streets, My Eats Mobile Food Symposium photos

Rochester Food Truck Alliance

Photos: Legalize Street Food/Vending Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association
Street Vendor Justice Coalition
Podcasts
My Streets, My Eats Mobile Food Symposium panels

Tampa Bay Mobile Food Vending Alliance

The Street Vendor Project

 

 

 


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