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As Americans Work From Home, Food Trucks Are Serving Dinner To Stay Open




Customers stand in front of a foodtruck in Vaipoopoo Park in Punaauia, south of Papeete on August 25, 2020 amid the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.
Customers stand in front of a foodtruck in Vaipoopoo Park in Punaauia, south of Papeete on August 25, 2020 amid the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.
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Food trucks have had to adjust their business plans due to a lack of patrons during what was once a profitable time of day: lunch. As a result of the pandemic, many Americans have either been working from home or have lost their jobs. Still, food trucks are doing what they can to serve those who are staying home and pinching pennies by taking their business into residential areas.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, mobile food vendors employed more than 16,000 workers and reported an annual payroll of $320.6 million in 2018. The pandemic has forced the hand of many profitable workforces, and food trucks are no exception. 

With more establishments (161) in Los Angeles County than anywhere else in the country, food trucks have had to decide between fighting to pay their monthly operating expenses or closing down to ride out the pandemic. We speak with guests who work in the industry about changes they’ve made to their operations since March and how they’ve been promoting their new ventures. If you have thoughts or questions, join the conversation and call 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Matt Geller, co-founder and CEO of the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association and founding president of the National Food Truck Association, both of which are based in Los Angeles; he tweets @mattgeller

John Ou, owner of food truck The Fix on Wheels, which is the mobile counterpart to Silverlake restaurant The Fix Burger

Anthony Suggs, owner of Antidote Eats food truck, which operates throughout different LA neighborhoods