This past weekend, we participated in a biking event that was hosted by Hardin County, Iowa. We covered more than 40 miles and passed through 6 different communities. Each community eagerly awaited our arrival with venders offering water, grilled delights, ice cream and more. We visited with the owner of a new, shiny red food truck and learned that she owned a restaurant in one of the neighboring towns. The food truck was her answer to the employee shortage that prevented her restaurant from operating full-time as it had prior to COVID. Now, during the day, she and one other employee run the food truck and her restaurant is open evenings. What a creative solution for this young entrepreneur. FYI…we really enjoyed her brisket sandwich.
When I shared the details of our weekend activities with my co-worker, nutrition and wellness educator Amy Jones, she commented, “I have seen an increase in interest in operating mobile food units otherwise known as a food trucks. To obtain a license, Iowa Law requires each mobile unit to have a Certified Food Protection Manager on staff. This means more people are attending ServSafe Certified Food Protection Manager classes given through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.”
Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has resources available for those interested in operating an mobile food truck: https://dia.iowa.gov/. More specific information is located at: https://ia.foodprotectiontaskforce.com/resources1/food-trucks-trailers-carts/#tab3