At Roaming Hunger, we’re strong supporters of small businesses and helping their local economies. In our network of over 9,000 food trucks, 98% are owned or operated by chef entrepreneurs, and we stand by them in their efforts to bring delicious gourmet food to the streets.
Currently, in New York City there is a cap on the number of permits available to food truck owners that allows them to operate within city limits. This means that securing a permit for your truck can be next to impossible, or very expensive.
If you want to find out more, read the message below, which is an email we received this week from Chef Adam Sobel of , explaining why it’s so hard to be successful in NYC and what you can do about it.
If you want to support this cause, go .
Lastly, the city recently introduced a bill that would double the number of permits available to vendors. You can read more about it in this .
When I opened my vegan organic food truck, The Cinnamon Snail, in 2010, I knew there would be a lot of hurdles. Buying a truck and keeping up the maintenance, finding the connection to rent a food vendor permit in NYC, cooking in a tiny mobile kitchen, getting customers to come out (and line up!) for vegan fare in all weathers: these were all challenges that I was prepared for. What I never expected was that, after five successful years and numerous awards, the cost and complications of navigating the city’s broken permit system that would force me to shut down my NYC food truck.
Fortunately for me, I’ve been able to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant here in the city-something that many street food vendors dream about. And though no longer regularly selling on streets of New York, our food truck can now be found at locations in New Jersey and occasional NYC event, where it still draws visitors from around the world. But all too often for street food vendors-many of them immigrants, people of color, and veterans-the city’s broken permit system puts an end to their dreams and their means to earn a living for their families. And they have never needed our support more than now.
- Mobilize vendors and allies to participate in grassroots actions,
- Amplify the voices of vendors through coordinated media efforts, and
- Fight for the kind of policy reform that street food vendors deserve.