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Let's Taco 'Bout it

  • Writer's pictureJonathan Tejada

How Coronavirus is affecting food trucks and what you can do to help.

It is time to taco ‘bout what’s on everyone’s mind. Coronavirus has been affecting everyone. We all understand we need to be washing our hands and socially distancing ourselves for the sake of our health, we know that jobs and the economy are on the line, but how is this specifically affecting your local food trucks in Colorado?

To start off, quarantine and limiting of social gatherings means that food trucks can’t operate the way they normally do (duh)! When you think about food trucks, you think of times when you are sitting with friends at a brewery sipping on an ice cold locally brewed IPA. At a festival where there’s live music. Even on the street in front of your office during lunch. This is the first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking about food trucks. Happens that these are not the only way food trucks are being affected.

Food trucks have several streams of income and one of those sources is catering for private events. Whether it be for 50 or 500 people, catering orders that had been placed are getting canceled, and for a valid reason.

Another source comes from large office buildings throughout the metro area booking trucks to feed their hungry workers. These people are now working from home.

We understand the critical situation we are in, and food trucks are taking a proactive approach in navigating this pandemic.

Food trucks in Colorado (and anywhere, for that matter) follow protocols just as strict, if not stricter, than restaurants do, when it comes to food safety and preparation. These are some examples of steps being taken:

· Latex gloves are in use 100% of the time.

· Orders are now being taken online.

· To-go orders, served in closed containers, is the only option.

· Social distancing is strictly enforced.

Given all these, the question remains: How are food trucks replacing the festivals, and catering events?

The fight isn’t over

There is always a silver lining to any situation. Now, more than ever, food trucks are flexing their creative muscles as to how to overcome this. Food trucks continue to have a passion for feeding everyone tasty food. And what can be more uplifting than yummy food?

The food truck community is creating drive-thru locations with online ordering capabilities to make it more accessible to everyone. Food trucks are mobile food units, meaning that we can, and we want, to bring the food to you. Taco Bron and many others have been reaching out to HOA’s and apartment complexes to setup up easy food options for people who are captive in their homes to order and pick up. We know that sooner or later, pizza delivery gets old and you don’t always want to cook at home, and we are here to help!

Speaking of help… We not only provide food for those at home but believe that it is crucial to maintain the motivation of essential workers helping keep us safe and healthy. With the extreme work shifts being required for people in the medical industry we are also offering our services to local hospitals in bringing them hot lunches to enjoy in the little breaks they have. It may sound preachy, but during these hard times it is important to understand how this is affecting everyone and come up with solutions together to ensure a better tomorrow.

That’s where you guys come in! Don’t be afraid to reach out to your local food trucks. You would be surprised how many might be doing deliveries to your area. Or if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA or an apartment complex, feel free to contact us and we will help you create a safe environment where you can order freshly made dishes. If you are an essential worker and want to bring us to your workplace, we will gladly work with you!

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