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Mission 

The New Orleans Food Truck Coalition (NOFTC) supports the growth and success of food trucks and other mobile vendors in New Orleans. Founded by food truck owners, our group is a diverse collection of vendors, consumers, restauranteurs, community activists, neighborhood organizations, and more.

The primary goals of NOFTC are as follows:

1. Reform: to change the current legislation affecting mobile food vendors in New Orleans to become less restrictive and more supportive of the responsible operation of food trucks in the community.

2. Awareness: to increase public awareness of the growing food truck scene here in New Orleans and across the nation.

3. Education: to educate the community on the numerous ways that food trucks benefit our neighborhoods and the local economy.

We want more food trucks in New Orleans! But that won't happen with current city laws. The codes governing are out-dated and overly restrictive. Let's agree to change the laws, so that they encourage new business, benefit neighborhoods, and build the strength of our city's restaurant industry.

Food trucks are an important source of economic opportunity for entrepreneurs of all types. They can also enhance the culinary culture of our city, enliven streets, and provide food options in underserved areas---if we let them. Currently, the out-of-date, poorly understood, and restrictive laws regulating food trucks prevent the practice from growing.

Join us in our effort to create a broad community coalition in support of reform. Not only are we working to improve unjust and inefficient laws, but we are sharing what we learn about advocating for change along the way. It is our hope that we can create a valuable resource for future efforts to make New Orleans a better place.

Learn more about our organization here: www.facebook.com/NewOrleansFoo...

Supporters All

Candy Chang
Alan Joseph Williams
hacquecita
lillianives
Andrew Tuozzolo
Ben Geary
tippy tippens
Cristina
Leah Walbourne
LaunchPadNOLA
Brooke Larsen
Ken Faucheux
Eliana
Peter Bodenheimer
Jessica Rohloff
Robbie Vitrano

Location

Downtown

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New Orleans Food Truck Coalition

Congratulations everyone ... "Expansion of food trucks gets OK from New Orleans City Council" www.nola.com/politics/index.ss...

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Expansion of food trucks gets OK from New Orleans City Council

A months-long legal struggle to expand the opportunities for food trucks to operate in New Orleans ended in apparently complete victory Thursday when the City Council gave 6-0 approval to an ordinance authorizing 100 such trucks -- many times the...

www.nola.com/politics/index.ss...

Dan
Dan
Jul 31, 2013

Special thanks to Rachel Billow, Andrew Legrand, and Councilwoman Stacy Head for making it happen!

Posted by Dan on Jul 31, 2013
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New Orleans Food Truck Coalition

On Tuesday Feb 5, New Orleans City Council’s Economic Development and Special Projects Committee debated how to govern the city’s burgeoning food truck industry.

A group of food truck operators and residents, led by the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition (NOFTC), came out to show support for Councilwoman Stacy Head’s new proposals designed to help the growing food truck population.

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Supporters of New Orleans Food Trucks join the debate at city hall.

Idea: 150+ neighbors want to reform the food truck laws in New Orleans. Gathering Support: On Tuesday Feb 5, New Orleans City Council's Economic Deve

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St. Claude Main Street

The St. Claude Food Truck Park, presented by St. Claude Main Street and My House NOLA, will showcase two of New Orleans’ favorite things – food and music – with the area’s first and only food truck park.

From October 2 – November 8, the St. Claude Food Truck Park will pop-up in a vacant lot at the corner of St. Claude Avenue and Feliciana Street. The park will come to life each Thursday – Saturday night from 6 – 9 p.m., offering neighborhood residents and visitors from across the city an opportunity to come together and dine on a variety of unique cuisines.

There will be at least three food trucks at the park each night, rotating among the area’s most popular “meals on wheels.” Also available for purchase will be domestic and specialty beers that pair with the weekend’s food truck offerings.

Picnic tables will provide seating and places to gather under strings of holiday-style lights. In addition to live local bands, entertainment will be provided by members of SCMS’ two youth programs – New Orleans Youth Sound Experience (NOYSE) and NOLA Mix. The food truck park will also feature portable restroom facilities, bike parking and security.

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Food Truck Lots in New Orleans
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:00pm
Council Chambers of City Hall

Friends,

It's been a while since we asked for your help to make New Orleans a home for food trucks. Since that time, you've watched our small industry grow as we've been allowed to take it to the streets (at least most of them). But a piece of the puzzle is still missing - food truck lots, where you can find lots of your favorite trucks in one place, near where you work and live, are still illegal in New Orleans.

This Tuesday at 3 o'clock, the future of food truck lots will be decided. We're asking the City Planning Commission to allow the creation of food truck lots throughout the city. The plan being proposed by the Commission has so many requirements that food truck lots would not be viable. For instance, it prohibits food truck lots from operating more than 3 days a week, and requires lots to have 1000 square feet of space for each truck, even though a parked truck takes up less than 200 square feet.

Many of us food truck owners will be there so that our voice is heard. But this affects you eaters as well - if you want food truck lots where you live and work please join us at the Council Chambers of City Hall this Tuesday, Sept. 9th.

Thanks for all of your help and support,
Taylor Jackson
Political Director, New Orleans Food Truck Coalition

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Dan

Here's some recent data on the impact of food trucks across the US -

"According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 forecast, food trucks make up one of the fastest-growing sectors of the restaurant industry, with 2013 sales of nearly $700 million, or about 1 percent of total U.S. restaurant sales — not bad for a business model that didn’t exist before 2008. A 2012 study by Emergent Research projected that food truck revenue would quadruple to $2.7 billion by 2017."

nextcity.org/daily/entry/food-...

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New Orleans Food Truck Coalition

New food truck commissary in the works! "Nall said that his commissary would be a one-stop shop for food trucks. It will offer not only food storage and kitchen space but also propane, disposal of greywater and a secure lot to park the trucks."

www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/...

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Food truck commissary slated for Central City

New Orleans food truck operators, however, cite the lack of a shared commissary where truck operators can cook and store food as the biggest hurdle facing the sector.

www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/...

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Chessa Rae Johnson

I recently visited Denver, CO and Portland, OR and was amazed to see food trucks and carts set up practically everywhere. Alleyways, vacant lots next to restaurants, sidewalks, pedestrian malls, etc. I dont' propose to intentionally hurt brick-and-mortar restaurants but...May the best food purveyor win! I would also love to see more foot traffic in LOTS of areas of town.

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Dan

Great quote from Charles Pizzo on last week's victory: "Food trucks: while people look at this as "who won, who lost," the reality was a far more complicated, complex and challenging set of considerations and compromises that got the issue to this point---and more time than perhaps anyone realizes. A whole lot of people behind the scenes have been dedicated to both sides of this issue. I pray for common ground going forward."

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Dan

Interesting perspective from NYC in today's New York Times:

"The food-truck business, I realized, is a classic case of bureaucratic inertia. The city has a right to weigh the interests of food-market owners (who don’t want food trucks blocking their windows) and diners (who deserve to know that their street meat is edible, and harmless). But many of the rules governing location were written decades ago. ... I was reminded of corrupt countries that I’ve visited, like Iraq and Haiti, where illogical and arbitrarily enforced rules create the wrong set of incentives."

www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/mag...

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The Food-Truck Business Stinks

Why lukewarm hot dogs still rule the streets of New York City.

www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/mag...

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Dan

"Calling it unconstitutional and unlikely to stand up to a legal challenge, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has vetoed a recent City Council ordinance easing restrictions on food trucks in New Orleans. Landrieu suggested that the ordinance, sponsored by Council President Stacy Head, did not go far enough in liberalizing a provision intended to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from competition by food trucks."

www.nola.com/politics/index.ss...

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