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Catering Trucks in California Promote Healthful Eating in Low-Wage Worksites

      According to the California Dietary Practices Survey, nearly two-thirds of California adults report that it is difficult to get fruits and vegetables at work (California Department of Public Health, unpublished data, 2005). Common food sources for working adults in California are employee cafeterias, quick service or fast-food restaurants, sit-down restaurants, and catering trucks. Project Community Action on Food Environments has estimated that in 3 low-income communities in central and south Los Angeles, 11.2% of food access came from mobile food service trucks.
      • Backman D.
      • Cheung J.
      • Francis D.
      • Sugerman S.
      • Granger C.
      Food access in Central and South Los Angeles: Mapping Injustice, Agenda for Action.
      This is a significant percentage of away-from-home dining. Clearly, catering trucks are used by many, particularly in low-income communities and among the Latino population. Although there is a variety of food options made available by catering trucks, healthful options tend to be limited.
      • Chavez R.
      • Alvarado J.
      • Ferrel J.
      Round Table Discussions with Managers of Catering Trucks in California to Examine Acceptance of Promotions on Healthy Eating Final Topline Report.
      Because they are mobile, catering trucks are a potential source of healthful food in areas with few other options.
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      References

        • Backman D.
        • Cheung J.
        • Francis D.
        • Sugerman S.
        • Granger C.
        Food access in Central and South Los Angeles: Mapping Injustice, Agenda for Action.
        Project Community Action on Food Environments (CAFE), Los Angeles, CA2007
        • Chavez R.
        • Alvarado J.
        • Ferrel J.
        Round Table Discussions with Managers of Catering Trucks in California to Examine Acceptance of Promotions on Healthy Eating Final Topline Report.
        California Nutrition Network, Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, CA2004
      1. United States Department of Agriculture. Food Stamp Nutrition Education Plan Guidance 2009. http://www.nal.usda.gov/foodstamp/guidance/Final_2009_Guidance.pdf. Published March 25, 2008. Accessed March 21, 2011.