From San Francisco to Seattle and Chicago, pop-up grocery stores are providing healthy options to low-income consumers in food deserts. Studies show that they can be successful in changing eating habits if quality is proritized and health education is provided.
A plan to put vending machines inside New York City taxi cabs won rave reviews at a city-sponsored contest for new business ideas. If the company, TaxiTreats, receives approval from the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission, they will select items to be sold based on their popularity at convenience stores.
PolicyLink provides resources such as webinars, case-studies, and toolkits on food access issues, including those specifically in communities of color, and includes resources that focus on the links between obesity and the environment, and healthy food retail models.
PHLP’s document library covers a range of topics related to food access; including healthy planning, farmers markets, healthy retail, childhood obesity, economic development, joint use agreements, mobile vending and produce carts, legislation, menu labeling and redevelopment.
The Mobile Cuisine website is a resource for mobile vendors and those wanting to start a mobile food vending business. Resources include a listing of food trucks in 16 cities, news, information about vending insurance and policies, a forum to share best practices, mobile vending laws, and technology to help the industry.