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


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

Baton Rouge

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


Chicago: Recipe for Success (April 27, 2013)

Bloomington, MN

Pittsburgh: Community Support Rally (October 14, 2012)


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

Chicago Food Carts

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




Chicago Food Trucks

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


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

Cranston, RI

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

El Paso

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

Englewood, NJ

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

Hialeah, FL

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


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


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 (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)


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)

Salem, OR
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

 DC Food Trucks Association

Video: Feed your family, go to jail? (¿Apoye su familia, ir a la cárcel?)

Food Truck Association of Miami

Video: Una mujer y su carrito

 Greater Akron Food Truck Association

Video: Game of Thrones Food Trucks: Chicago Food Trucks

Keep Food Legal

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

Mobile Cuisine

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

Tampa Bay Mobile Food Vending Alliance

Photos: Legalize Street Food/Vending The Street Vendor Project
My Streets, My Eats Mobile Food Symposium panels




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