~ Advocating for Mobile Food Justice ~

 

The Washington State Food Truck Association was officially launched in April of 2015, as a 501c6 non-profit advocacy organization, hoping to help food trucks succeed in this very competitive industry.  We aim to serve as a central hub of communication & information, a catering referral & information source, and will provide local and state-level proactive lobbying and advocacy. 

  

If you own/operate a mobile food business please support your own economic interests, and that of your fellow mobile food vendors, by becoming a member of the Association today. Don’t be left out of the conversation as we work to move the Washington State mobile food industry forward.  Without your participation, this much needed state association will not be as successful.  If you look at what is happening around the country, and even in parts of our own state, the threats and challenges to this industry are very real, but we are ready for the fight.  Will you join us?

 

Street Vendors:  does your city have laws that seem designed to keep you from competing with other businesses? Do these laws make it difficult—or even impossible—for you to run your business?

If so, please e-mail us. 


Tim Johnson, of the Northwest Policy Group, provides the Washington State Food Truck Association insight regarding the current political climate in Olympia and assists us in the development of specific legislative goals and objectives. Every Washington State business, professional association, community group, and citizen is subject to the laws and regulations established by our state legislature and state agencies. Although the legislative process can move slowly, and it often does, it can also move very quickly, especially when the voices of opposition are not heard. The first step in protecting our interests is to be well-informed about pending legislation, and to be well-prepared to act, either in support or opposition.  


MEMBERS ONLY section includes:

  • RESOURCES - links to helpful information for new start-ups and existing vendors, including:  funding sources, equipment suppliers, insurance, fire safety, education, business tips, software applications, books, articles, other industry news sources, marketing ideas, etc.
  • FORUM - members can voice their opinions on current issues and offer topics for discussion in an interactive closed Facebook discussion group.
  • ADVOCACY - information and monthly updates regarding state and local government legislation and regulatory activity. Members also receive legislative updates via email.

Additional Benefits for Members: 

  • DIRECTORY LISTING - hungry customers and event planners can find food trucks in their city, in our "Find Food Trucks" page.
  • CATERING REFERRALS - event planners, corporations, and city planning departments will be provided with contact info for member vendors in their area.
  • ADVANCE NOTICE - members will receive notice of new events before they get listed on the website.
  • MEMBER DISCOUNT - MFV (Mobile Food Vendor) Insurance Policy,  First Data & Redi-Chek payment systems, ROAM 2017 National Mobile Food Vendor Conference.

Association Plans:

 

  • Retrospective Rating (Retro) is a safety incentive program offered by L&I. In Retro you can earn a partial refund of your workers’ compensation premiums if you reduce workplace injuries and lower associated claim costs.
  • Help develop food truck courts or parks, and maps showing food truck zones.
  • Group-rate health insurance for members.
  • Washington State Food Truck Association Culinary Scholarship.
  • Offer discount programs specific to mobile food vending.
  • Host “cook-off” events for revenue and marketing.
  • Organize an annual “Food Truck Lobby Day” at our state capitol, to help introduce our legislators to the creative and delicious culinary experience mobile food has to offer.
  • Annual Washington State Food Truck convention.
  • Annual food truck awards
  • Increase commissary kitchen locations/access


Issue 01/2017 Newsletter





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References for cities who want to build better food truck laws:

 

Food Truck Freedom - Institute for Justice

Seven Myths & Realities About Food Trucks - Institute for Justice's National Street Vending Initiative

National League of Cities - Helping City Leaders Build Better Communities: Food on Wheels

On the Go: Insights Into Food Truck Regulation - Harvard Kennedy School

Streets of Dreams: How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity  - Institute for Justice