Novato, CA: May Restrict Food Trucks Outside Schools

Novato High School senior Audrey Romero, center, and sophomore Priscilla Figueroa, right, eat ice cream from a vending truck outside their school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Novato

By Noah Berger | The Bay Citizen

Novato High School senior Audrey Romero, center, and sophomore Priscilla Figueroa, right, eat ice cream from a vending truck outside their school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Novato

Next Tuesday night, the Novato City Council will consider whether food trucks should be barred from parking right outside of schools immediately before, after and during school hours.

In recent years, the state has restricted the calories, fat, saturated fat and sugar in items sold in school cafeterias. Yet, as the school lunch offerings in the cafeteria have become more restrictive, snack food trucks have moved in, as The Bay Citizen reported.

Some students now spend their lunch money on chips, soda, candy and ice cream at trucks parked outside. Miguel Villarreal, director of food services for the Novato Unified School District, said next week the Novato City Council will vote on an ordinance to “keep junk food trucks away from the school an hour before and after school, a minimum of 1500 feet.”

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/14KEE)