Eden Prairie Hopes Food Truck Can Promote Healthy Eating
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - A familiar sight along Marquette Avenue, food trucks are a popular lunch option for people who work in downtown Minneapolis. Now one may soon be cruising around Eden Prairie, delivering healthy, freshly cooked entrees and sides at parks and outdoor events.
The food truck idea, brought to City Council members’ attention early last month by Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens’ Health and Wellness Committee, would be part of the larger “Live Well, Eden Prairie” health and wellness initiative the city undertook in August 2012.
Eden Prairie is only the second city in Minnesota to pursue such a wellness program, following Eagan, which launched its “Healthy Eating, Active Living” program only three months earlier.
“It’s really our City Council taking a stand [in health and wellness],” said Jay Lotthammer, Eden Prairie’s director of parks and recreation.
As an extension of the community center’s cafe, the food truck would service all of Eden Prairie, stopping at parks and lakes and showing up at outdoor events as well, according to Lotthammer.
Fundraising and advertising would offset an initial cost of between $50,000 and $60,000, and the city hopes the food truck would in this way become self-sustainable, Lotthammer said.
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