IOWA CITY, IA – It’s one of the newest trends all across the country–cooking and serving food curbside.

City Council in Iowa City approved a three-month pilot program to help determine if expanded vending opportunities for mobile food trucks and food carts should move forward in the City.

The council’s approval allows food truck vendors to set up mobile food trucks or food carts in three Iowa City locations between July 10 and October 31.

The three sites selected for the three-month pilot program are Chauncey Swan Park, City Park East Side Recycling Center with limited days and hours of operation have been established for each location.

The success of food truck vendors and the support from the community, will help whether policy changes allowing mobile food trucks to expand operations in the City should be explored, permanently.

Currently, six mobile vendors have businesses set up on the Ped Mall downtown, while others have been approved to sell prepared foods at the Iowa City Farmers Markets.

Mobile food vendors and food carts also are allowed to operate in the City on private property and during festivals and other special events.

All mobile vendors will pay the City $15 per day in permit fees in advance to operate their trucks or carts on City-owned property.

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