University develops new program for food trucks on campus
Stanford has developed a new food truck program that will increase the food offerings on campus and add more locations and extended hours. The program also will include a new policy that will require food truck vendors to operate safely and comply with university sustainability policies.
With an increase in the popularity of mobile food services, the university has engaged Off the Grid, one of the largest food truck festival operators in the Bay Area, to run a pilot program. Off the Grid will schedule and manage food trucks at three new campus locations. Stanford also has adopted a new policy designed to ensure that campus food trucks meet its safety, sustainability, parking, insurance and other requirements. The new rules will take effect at the beginning of winter quarter.
This week, the university notified the food truck vendors currently operating on campus about the new program. These food trucks were invited to contact Off the Grid about continuing to serve the campus community and informed that they would have to meet Stanford's food truck policy requirements.
Only food trucks that have been invited will be allowed to operate on campus, and they will only be allowed to sell in approved locations.
The pilot program includes one food truck location for lunchtime service on Lomita Drive between Panama and Santa Teresa streets from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The area, which is close to the Terman Fountain, has plenty of outdoor seating.
The other two new food truck locations will serve students near the residence halls in the evening, when food options on campus are more limited. Schedules and locations will be developed in collaboration with the ASSU student government and will be announced when finalized.
"Off the Grid's rotating schedule will bring a variety of cuisines that wasn't possible when the same trucks came on campus every day," said Susan Weinstein, assistant vice president for business development. "We hope there will be something for everyone at some point during the week. Off the Grid will also help us ensure that food trucks follow our important safety and sustainability policies."
Food trucks engaged for special events will be required to comply with the new Mobile Food Vendor policy. Off the Grid is ready to help all campus event planners find just the right food truck for their events.
Construction sites will be served by food trucks invited on to the site directly by the construction contractors.