CARBONDALE, IL – Food trucks in Southern Illinois are a rarity that are hard to find during lunch time, or any other time.

In Carbondale, the service is nonexistent. There is no existing code that prohibits food trucks, but there isn’t a code that really allows the operation of food trucks either, said Interim Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams.

“I think that has been the issue in the past,” he said.

Food trucks have a small presence in other towns. Sean Hopkins operates the Say Cheese food truck in West Frankfort on Fridays during lunch hours. He also travels to festivals and fairs when such events are active in the region.

Funkalicious Food, co-owned by Freida Kimes, travels throughout Southern Illinois, treating customers. The truck has made stops along the Shawnee Wine Trail, Marion and sometimes Carbondale during sunset concerts and events downtown.

Another truck, Johnny B’s Biblegrove BBQ, serves residents in Southern Illinois with barbecue-themed meals. Its owner is John Bible.

Hopkins said he would love to be in Carbondale on a regular basis if there is an ordinance that allows it. He said the Jackson County Health Department rules are a bit more stringent, but with the amount of events in the city, it would be beneficial.

Find the entire article at [here]