COVID-19 may have taken a lot away from the food industry, but it has not hindered many food trucks’ ability to serve. When Governor Cooper closed restaurants’ dine-in services in March, food trucks’ business went up. Take-out and drive-through food service was still allowed and food trucks already fit this bill. Many customers found this a great relief from the confines of the stay-at-home order.
The Raleigh-Durham area has an abundance of local food trucks and recently there has been a revitalization of their presence. Meredith hosted a “Food Truck Friday” event last week, which students were able to attend for free. While this isn’t the case for most food truck related events, it is easy to find any truck at any time using Street Food Finder. This website allows for the user to easily navigate trucks, dates, times and locations. Some businesses host food truck rodeos for their employees on a weekly or monthly basis, but they are also open to the public. For example, every weekday there is at least one food truck outside The Frontier in Research Triangle Park and between four and six on Fridays during common lunch hours. This specific location is approximately 20 minutes from Meredith via I-40, but there are many other opportunities nearby. Checking out local food trucks can be a great, safe way to continue supporting local businesses during the pandemic.
By Elinor Shelp-Peck, Co-Editor in Chief