INDOT allowing food trucks to set up at rest stops with a permit

The Indiana Department of Transportation is stepping in to help during this time. It's opened up its rest stops to help essential travelers. News 18 spoke with the agency about what it's doing to help truck drivers and small business owners.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 5:19 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2020 5:21 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—As we continue to navigate through this pandemic our community continues to do what it can to extend a helping hand. Even if that means meeting them halfway.

"INDOT has launched a program to allow licensed food truck drivers and vendors to set up at a rest area throughout the state,” said Debbie Calder. She is the Communications Director for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

It's a temporary program that will help essential travelers who are dealing with a limited availability of food due to COVID-19 restaurant restrictions.

"There had been some words from the truckers that they were having some difficulty finding open businesses,” said Calder.

With permission from the Federal Highway Administration the Indiana Department of Transportation will allow two food trucks, with a permit, at any of the 28 rest stops in the State of Indiana. They can operate from 7am-7pm.

Jose Lopez is the co-owner of La Kora. An authentic Mexican food truck. He said with truck drivers not being able to walk inside a restaurant for food having a hot meal is essential.

"If there's nothing open while on the road this is important,” said Lopez.

Co-owner of The Guac Box, Matt Bestich said this will also benefit food truck owners who are also having a difficult time through this.

"The social distancing has really affected our normal everyday lives,” said Bestich. “This is huge, huge for food trucks in general. Just to get out there and be able to do this."

The Indiana Department of Transportation said it doesn't know how long this will last although the permits are valid until the agency cancels them.

For more information on this program click here.

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