Food Truck Quarterly Highlight
I’m celebrating turning 26 by highlighting Black-owned food trucks that give back! Every quarter, I’ll feature a food truck making a difference and address ways we all can support them.
The Food Truck Scholar was started by Ariel D. Smith, M.Ed. She is a second year American Studies PhD student at Purdue University. A native of Birmingham, AL, Ariel’s research covers the food truck climate in the United States. Specifically, her dissertation is about Black-owned food trucks and their contributions to community empowerment and economic development in Black communities. Her research relies heavily on interviewing food truck owners across the country to learn:
- how they got started
- what challenges they face in the industry
- what impact they have made on their communities
- how her research can influence policy
- how to create spaces for them to exist with brick-and-mortar
- strategies for collaborating with other Black business owners.
Coming Soon: Food Truck Consulting
Social Media & Marketing
Health & Safety
Looking for a Black-owned Food Truck? Ariel has you covered. Click the pictures below to check out each Black-owned food truck’s social media page to learn what they sell and where to find them.
The food truck industry is estimated to be a $2.7 billion dollar industry by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in March 2018.
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