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Tell us who you think should be on our food truck voting list for 2013, and get the last word on 2012
The Daily Meal recently set out to determine America's 101 Best Food Trucks. But now we're looking to discover America's favorite food trucks. The survey is ongoing, but there's not much time left. Monday, Dec. 10, is the last day to vote, and on Wednesday, Dec. 12, we will announce the list for America's Favorite Food Trucks for 2012. Vote on your favorites, write in trucks you think we may have missed, and get the word out to your friends and favorite trucks to do the same.
But wait… there’s more! We really want to know which food trucks you love that didn't make our list or the survey. And because we're so interested to know who you think we’re missing from anywhere and everywhere across the country, we're taking things to the next level..The first 20 readers who comment below to tell us a truck that should have been included in our list but wasn't (after 5 p.m. today) will receive a New York Street Food Amazing New York Food Truck 2013 Calendar — completely free (note: we’ll need to chat with you to get your address in order to send it over).
Also note that we are not oblivious to the irony of gifting a New York calendar as part of a national search. But hey, it's a really cool calendar (check it out here), New York isn’t lacking in great truck food, and it’s all the more reason for you to blow up our feed with who you think needs to be in the spotlight. You think it, we love it.
So, pass on the knowledge, tell your friends, vote on the food trucks, and give us the skinny on those we should take a look at in 2013. We’re in the spirit of giving.
Vote on America's Favorite Food Trucks!
Free Food Distribution Locations
Food banks are an essential service provider. Gleaners continues to serve our partners and those in need. We have expanded our food distribution efforts to include additional drive-up mobile sites across our service area in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. New information, including location, hours, and services, will be updated as it is confirmed.
Map & Legend:
Partner Agencies: Our network of partners, including pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters, are actively serving people in need. These locations can be found on the map on this page. Please call ahead, as an appointment or paperwork may be necessary. Click on the blue icons to view addresses, days, and hours.
Gleaners Mobile Locations with Free Food: Our newly added mobile drive-thru food distributions can be found on the map on this page. No appointments are necessary. Click on the green truck icons on the map for detailed information on addresses, days and hours.
For a full calendar of upcoming dates and times for Gleaners mobile locations with free food that are open to the public without appointment, click the button below:
Food Trucks 101
Food trucks are nothing new to the Bay Area. Loncheras have been around for a long time, but the popularity of these mobile food vendors exploded when in 2010, Off The Grid held its first food truck festival at Fort Mason, combining live music, alcohol, and of course, food trucks. Nearly a decade later, mobile food vendors' popularity has sky-rocketed. Now, there are fifteen Off The Grid "markets" all over the Bay Area, each facilitating weekly gatherings of over 100 unique food trucks, not to mention permanent pop-ups like Soma StrEat Food Park and Spark Social SF.
Variety is the spice of life, and the Bay Area food truck scene is full of just that. The abundant list of options includes American, South American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, and Mediterranean, and plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Here's just a few of our favorite " Luxe Loncheras " you have to try. Click the name of each truck to find out their schedules and up-to-date location info.
What to expect: Nutrients-rich Açaí bowls, smoothies, and juices made from fresh and organic ingredients.
What to try: Original Gangster, Beast Mode
Curry Up Now
What to expect: Traditional Indian dishes and flavors with a fusion twist. Organic, natural ingredients including Halal meats, fresh & locally sourced produce.
What to try: Tikka Masala Burrito, Deconstructed Samosas
What to expect: "West Coast Style" frozen custard, with a diverse selection of flavors. Some of the more novel flavors - Saikyo Miso, Earl Grey Tea, and Salt & Pepper Potato Chips.
What to try: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Avocado, Maple Butter
What to expect: Delicious KoJa (Korean-Japanese) sandwiches built on crispy rice garlic buns, specialty fries, and desserts.
What to try: Short Rib KoJa, Kamikaze Fries, Oreo Mochimisu
Mayo & Mustard
What to expect: Delicious, hearty, deli-style sandwiches. Made with love, aimed to captivate all sandwich fans.
What to try: Tony's BBQ Tri-Tip, Mike's Special
Me So Hungry
What to expect: Seasonal, gourmet, fusion sliders that pack a monster punch, without the gourmet price tag.
What to try: KTM Sliders, Sweet Potato Fries
What to expect: Mexican burrito/taco/quesadilla meets Korean short-rib/spicy pork/kimchi fried rice made from original, in-house recipes.
What to try: Short Rib Burrito, Dirty Dog
What to expect: Mobile gourmet rotisserie-style food healthy and sustainable ingredients combined with family recipes into delicious, wholesome food on the go.
What to try: Rotisserie Chicken, Porchetta Sandwich
What to expect: Mouthwatering Filipino Mexican fusion food, based on a contemporary spin on sisig - a Filipino dish with scrumptious sizzled pork. There are chicken and tofu alternatives too!
What to try: California Sisig Burrito, Tosilog Burrito
Shrimp Falafel Mix
What to expect: Tasty traditional Middle Eastern cuisine like falafel, shawarma, and gyros. Authentic recipes, Halal meats, and generous portions makes this food truck a must-try!
What to try: Shrimp Falafel Sandwich, Shish Kebab Sandwich
Tacos Mi Rancho
What to expect: One of many cash-only Loncheras, serving some of the tastiest and heftiest Mexican street food in the East Bay. Despite efficient staff, Tacos Mi Rancho's popularity means there's almost always a line!
What to try: 15-inch Super Burrito, Super Taco
What to expect: Another cash-only Loncheras, serving traditional Mexican comfort eats. The food is exceptional, the staff is friendly and there are parking spaces as well as seating for patrons!
What to try: Burrito Con Huevo y Chorizo, Camarón Burrito
What to expect: A "Great Culinary Leap Forward", inspired by traditional Asian street foods. Taking the essences - bold, spicy, unique, fast, and delicious - steaming and baking them into their famous "baos".
What to try: Tender Pork Belly Bao, Coca-Cola Braised Pork Bao
Hungry for more? Check out the Food & Drink events happening this week!
Food Truck Calendar Giveaway - Recipes
What is a Mobile Food Pantry?
Food mobile pantries are converted beverage delivery trucks. They have 4 – 5 bays on a side, with lift-up doors, which hold fresh produce and dairy products. The food comes from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Inc in Comstock Park, near Grand Rapids. Mobile pantries are meant to help a family or an individual supplement other food they receive or have, such as canned & dry goods, received from a food pantry. Vehicles are planned so each family receives about 50 lbs of food. Each mobile consists of 5,000 lbs or 7,500 lbs or 10,000 lbs of food.
Hosting a Mobile Food Pantry
A church or other group wishing to host a mobile food pantry needs to have a hosting location with at least 50 feet of clear space for the vehicle, 10 feet around the truck itself when parked, and 13 feet of overhead clearance. Please note: we cannot have food mobiles at for-profit organizations or any location where food is sold at the same time.
You will need about 25 – 30 volunteers. When the mobile pantry arrives, food is unloaded onto tables placed around the truck, and large quantities are sorted into packages.
Why Use Recipe Calendar?
Recipe Calendar is good for beginners or seasoned meal planners. I have friends who want to meal plan, but don’t know where to start. I’m telling them to try Recipe Calendar. It will help you be more organized and get out of that dreaded dinner rut.
Before I started meal planning, I wasted so much money. I’d shop without a list (eek!) and throw whatever caught my eye into my cart. I’d end up throwing away so much food or losing items in the back of my pantry abyss. I remember standing in front of the fridge trying to figure out what to make for dinner. It was stressful and I dreaded dinner hour every night.
With meal planning using Recipe Calendar, you save money because you are only buying items you need and will, more importantly, actually use. Your pantry stays cleaner without all those extras you impulse purchased and you’ll always know what is for dinner every night.
Easier to Follow a Diet
Recipe Calendar is also great for people following a specific lifestyle or diet. They have a variety of meal plans to choose from like Low Carb and Keto. They help you stick with food that you are allowed to eat on whatever plan you are following.
Geared for Busy People
Maybe you’re thinking, I’m too busy and I don’t have time to meal plan. I get it, but Recipe Calendar is geared towards busy people like you. You can quickly and easily get a whole week’s worth of meals with an organized shopping list in a matter of minutes.
Helps with Budgeting
I’m a single parent on a budget so meal planning is a must. With Recipe Calendar, I’m only buying what I need by sticking to my list. I also don’t have to throw away as much food. My fridge is a lot cleaner.
The Mobile Food Pantry is a truck used to deliver fresh produce, dairy products, and other food and grocery products directly to distribution sites where people need food. When the truck arrives at a site, volunteers place the food on tables surrounding the truck. The clients are then able to “shop”, choosing items that they need.
Each truck can transport up to 15,000 pounds of food. A typical mobile pantry visit lasts two hours and provides 200 to 250 families with nutritious food to help them make ends meet. The Food Bank partners with local sponsor organizations who provide volunteers to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to a pre-designated site. By sponsoring a mobile pantry distribution, an organization, church or business can directly help their neighbors in need.
MFP Champions - 10 year anniversary
Why a Mobile Food Pantry?
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The BackPack Program
Filling the Gap So Children Won’t Go Hungry Over Weekends
We believe that no child should ever go hungry. Yet, many children who receive free and reduced priced school meals are left without the nutrition they need on weekends and holiday breaks when school is not in session. By providing children who are at risk of hunger with a bag of nutritious food each Friday throughout the school year, the BackPack Program attempts to reduce this gap and help children return to school on Monday ready to learn.
What is the BackPack Program? Children in the BackPack Program receive packs of nutritious, kid-friendly food on Fridays and before holiday breaks at school. The BackPack program helps ensure that every child returns to school ready to learn. Interested in enrolling your child in the BackPack Program? Please contact the BackPack Coordinator for your school district listed below. If you do not see a coordinator listed, please contact your district directly and ask to speak with the BackPack Coordinator. Every district in the Southern Tier participates in the BackPack Program.
What's in a BackPack?
- Individually packaged
- Small and light enough to carry
- Shelf stable
- Easy to prepare – even without a stove (or in some cases a can opener)
- Not going to break (no glass jars)
- Each pack contains at least 8 items: 2 Proteins, 2 Grains, 2 Dairy & 2 Fruits or Vegetables
You can help. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
- to help repack donated items into the packs for distribution. to help sustain the program, or help expand the program to more children. with your group to collect items from the BackPack Program
Kids’ Farmers Markets
The Food Bank has a number of programs that directly serve children. 41% of kids in our service area face food insecurity and its our mission to help families struggling with hunger get access to meals for their kids all year round. What is Kids’ Farmers Market? The Kids’ Farmers Market program provides free vegetables in a farmers market-style set up to allow kids to “shop” for vegetables they like or haven’t tried yet. The Kids’ Farmers Markets are held across the Southern Tier during the summer at free Summer Meals sites and during the school year at some after-school programs.
Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY)
Eating vegetables and fruits everyday can reduce the risk of chronic disease and illness, yet many low-income households have a difficult time obtaining and using these foods. Through nutrition workshops and cooking classes, the JSY program serves to empower low-income families in the Food Bank’s six-county service area to choose nutritious foods and create healthy meals for their families. Each workshop provides practical information using USDA-approved lesson plans, recipes, and cooking demonstrations featuring vegetables and fruits.
Healthy Harvest Program
In 2014 the Healthy Harvest program was launched to provide locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables to our neighbors in need served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier during harvest season here in the Northeast. The success of the program encouraged the Food Bank to commit to providing as much fresh produce as possible throughout the entire year. While the emphasis remains on working with our local agricultural community as much as possible, we have extended our commitment to fresh fruit and vegetables beyond the local harvest season. The program is supported, in part, by a grant from The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program.
The program allows the Food Bank to purchase produce from local farmers, to distribute product while it is fresh and has the highest nutritional value, and to raise awareness among the local farm community of the need for food assistance. The program is expected to yield more than 165,000 pounds of local produce in its first year.
Our Farm Partners
- Addison Family Farms, Addison, NY
- Brennan Farm, Avoca, NY
- North Windsor Berries, Windsor, NY
- Stoney Ridge Orchard, Erin, NY
- Investment in local farms supports local, sustainable agriculture economy
- Increased awareness of the need for food assistance leads to increased produce donations
- Greater support for the mission of the Food Bank — Working together to build and sustain hunger free communities throughout the Southern Tier.
Click here to download a Healthy Harvest fact sheet
Summer Meal Sites
What is Summer Food Service?
Also known as Summer Meals, children and teens (18 years and under) are welcome at open meal sites across our region (like parks and community centers) to eat healthy and nutritious free meals and snacks. There is no registration or paperwork required! At many sites, programs, activities, and fun are also offered to kids and their families!
Awake Caffeinated Chocolate: Spring Break
Awake Caffeinated Chocolate conducted a simple giveaway to promote its products to students.
- Simple form entry for college students
- Coupon redemption
- Sharing via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Hashtag for sharing
- Landing page with links to website features
- Prize is a free spring break trip (offered in collaboration with StudentCity)
- Design and administration byShortStack custom services
Balsamic Barbecue Pulled Pork Fries
Crispy French fries are topped with slow cooked pork in balsamic barbecue sauce, then topped with cheddar cheese and green onions in this food truck style fare.
- 1 (2-3 pound) pork tenderloin
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (28-32 oz.) bag frozen French fries
- 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Sliced green onions, for garnish
- Place pork roast in a lightly greased slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, cider, balsamic vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place half of sauce mixture in a small saucepan.
- Pour remaining sauce mixture over pork. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours, or until pork is cooked through and shreds easily.
- About 30-40 minutes before serving, simmer remaining sauce mixture over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Cook French fries according to package directions.
- Remove pork from slow cooker and shred. Arrange cooked fries on a large serving platter or individual plates. Cover with desired amount of pulled pork. Top with shredded cheese and sliced green onions. Drizzle with the reserved sauce and serve immediately.
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Request for Proposal and Applicable Attachments, round one (May 15-June 30) and round two (July 1-August 31)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 3 p.m. (ET) - A webinar that discusses technical details of USDA’s solicitation for the third round of purchases for the program.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2 p.m. (ET) - a webinar for farmers, shippers and other suppliers interested in participating in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. This webinar is an opportunity for these parties to learn how to move their food through this new program for produce, dairy and meat products.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 12 p.m. (ET) - a webinar to discuss technical details for the Request for Proposals
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – an informational webinar discussing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and providing overview of Farm to Families Food Box Program
Participants: David Tuckwiller, Christopher Purdy, Elizabeth Lober, Hilary Cole
AMS Administrator Discusses Farmers to Families Food Box Program
Call with distributors and non-profit organizations to overview the Farmers to Families Food Box Program portion of the recent $19 billion CFAP announcement. The call took place April 20, 2020.
Participants: Bruce Summers, Administrator, AMS, Mike Beatty, Director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, Brandon Lipps, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
13 Vegan Food Truck-Inspired Dishes to Eat Before Summer Is Over
Where there are fun summer events, there are food trucks. And where there are food trucks, there’s a plethora of burgers, tacos, and ice cream cones. Basically all the things that vegans can’t enjoy, right? WRONG. With the help of magical ingredients like jackfruit and vegan cheese, folks on a strict plant-based diet can totally recreate food truck faves and indulge. We’re thrilled to get you started with these 13 tasty recipes.
Healthy Mexican Burritos
Get excited, because this burrito is jam-packed with brown rice, hearty black beans, and smokey chipotle sauce, all while being healthy. (via Piloncillo and Vainilla)
Vegan Grilled Pesto Swiss Grilled Cheese
These vibrant ‘wiches are full of herbaceous pesto and, despite being vegan, manage to offer up that melty stretch we covet with the classic grilled cheese. (via Peas and Crayons)
Vegan Tempeh Tacos
Tempeh replaces beef in these mouth-watering plant-based tacos strewn with fresh veggies and creamy avocado. (via The Live-in Kitchen)
Tex-Mex Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
It’s near impossible to pass on a heaping plate of sweet potato fries — especially when they’re smothered with guac, sour cream, vegan cheese, beans, and your fave veggies. (via Euphoric Vegan)
Sauerkraut and Sausage Dog/>Plant-based sausages are wedged between fresh buns and piled high with sauerkraut, crisp cucumbers, fried onions, and the best damn vegan cheese sauce you’ll ever put in your mouth. (via Well Vegan)
Curried Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
The classic twice-baked potato has got *nothing* on this perfectly baked sweet potato loaded with lentils, coconut milk, punchy chilis, and fresh herbs. (via Nutritionist Meets Chef)
Spicy Cajun Chickpea Veggie Burgers With Jalapeño Aioli
This smokey and substantial chickpea burger brings veggie burgers to a whole new level with its hearty texture and mega flavor — and the homespun jalapeño aioli is AH-mazing. (via Vanilla and Bean)
Loaded Vegan Nachos
When you top tortilla chips with rice, beans, juicy tomatoes, spicy chilis, and corn, magical things happen you’ll never look at other nacho platters again. (via Wholesome Patisserie)
Loaded Baked Potatoes
Thanks to vegan bacon bits, cheese, and sour cream, folks on a plant-based diet can bask in the joys of a classic loaded baked potato without missing a beat. (via Well Vegan)
Vegan Bao Buns With Pulled Jackfruit
Soft and pillowy bao buns hug jackfruit, cucumber, daikon, cabbage, and scallions in this mind-blowing sweet and savory recipe. (via Lazy Cat Kitchen)
Vegan Pizza Rolls
Swap the usual sweet cinnamon rolls for these savory and delectable pizza rolls crammed with vegan mozzarella, vegan pepperoni, fresh basil, and marinara goodness. (via Serving Realness)
Vegan Roasted Jalapeño Poppers
Finger foods are always a hit, but these bad boys are a guaranteed home run with their creamy almond cheese stuffing. (via The Curious Chickpea)
Jackfruit Philly Cheesesteaks
This gloriously bulky and cheesy ‘wich replicates its meaty predecessor in the best way with non-dairy cheese, smokey jackfruit, and tender cooked onions and peppers. (via Fettle Vegan)