California Food Truck Bill
February 17, 2012 by staff
California Food Truck Bill, Some California food truck owners are upset as one state lawmaker tries to keep them away from schools.
In an effort to fight obesity, California public schools have spent the past few years banning junk food on campuses and bringing in healthier choices for kids as mandated by national standards.
But school administrators say a new food trend is undermining their efforts: mobile food trucks. Some districts are appalled they pull right up next to a school and sell food that students typically can’t get on campus.
“We serve fruits and vegetables every single day. We’re mandated to,” said Rene Yamashiro, Roseville Food Services director. “We have limits on how much fat our meals can have, how much sodium, how much sugar.” Yamashiro is also the California School Nutrition Association president.
“When, there’s a food truck right outside the school, they do not have to follow any of these national standards,” said Yamashiro.
State Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Carmel) just introduced a bill that would ban food trucks from parking within 1,500 feet of a school between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Some cities already have a similar ban in place.
That has food vendors upset because they don’t all sell bad food. They also think it’s unfair considering many schools are right by fast-food restaurants and convenience stores.
“You have a McDonald’s right next to the high school I went to, a donut shop. What’s healthier? A Drewski’s sandwich. Everything’s made from scratch,” said Andrew Blaskovich, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen. “Everything we do is made that day. Nothing is processed or frozen.”
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