Mobile Food Truck Ordinance
After the Mayor's Healthy Food Truck Challenge, Boston’s City Council passed the Mobile Food Truck Ordinance in April 2011, permitting food trucks to operate on the streets. 15 trucks opened in the program’s first year, expanding to 43 in 2012 and 59 as of August 2013. Spots available for trucks to vend on the public way have also expanded, from 15 in 2011 to 20 in 2013 – in addition to a growing roster of privately-owned properties hosting food trucks.
Food Trucks Support Local Economy
As the mobile food sector has grown, food trucks have added hundreds of jobs to Boston’s economy. In addition to the staff employed on trucks themselves, many food truck owner/operators have gone on to launch brick-and-mortar restaurants, commercial kitchens and commissaries that support the food truck industry. The growth of Boston’s food truck sector now supports a spectrum of local businesses, from the local farms from which many trucks source ingredients; to food truck designers, fabricators and mechanics; to special events showcasing all Boston’s mobile food scene has to offer.
Health & Nutrition
Mayor Menino’s commitment to health and nutrition includes mobile food. Trucks participating in the program are required to include at least one healthy menu option, to participate in the Mayor’s “Rethink Your Drink” Campaign, and commit to community engagement and environmental sustainability initiatives.
City Support for Food Trucks
The Office of Food Initiatives offers guidance in navigating the City of Boston’s processes for those who are looking to launch new food trucks. The City provides detailed information on starting a food truck in Boston and navigating the permitting process.