Stanford University partnership brings food trucks to campus

Trucks managed by Off the Grid food management company.

Jan. 17—Food truck management company Off the Grid has partnered with Stanford University, in California, under the university’s new mobile food vendor policy to provide late night and lunchtime food truck options. The first late-night food trucks appeared on campus on Jan. 11 and 12.

“There were existing policies already about how vendors and commercial businesses operate on campus, so this just extended them to food trucks, which are a unique business operation,” University Spokesperson Lisa Lapin said. “But the real impetus [for creating the policy] was the increasing popularity and variety of food trucks and the recognition that with a larger number of them, we needed to make sure that they are really providing the best service to the campus community.”

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