Food trucks are big business these days, offering every type of food imaginable like street tacos, gourmet burgers, grilled cheese, pizza, BBQ, ice cream, coffee and much more. The great thing about a food truck fundraiser is that you don’t need to own a food truck.
The basic premise behind a food truck fundraiser is to negotiate a share of the profits with the food truck vendor in return for bringing them the business. Many food trucks will happily donate 10% or more to your cause or organization for this event. Just do an online search in your area for food trucks that offer a share of the proceeds for fundraisers. Or, you can just negotiate a set donation amount.
The important thing is that you are able to provide the food truck with enough customers to make it all worthwhile. If you have access to parking and plenty of people, then there should be no reason you can’t be successful at raising some funds. A food truck fundraiser can be a one-time event or an on-going fundraising program.
When working with vendors, be sure to read the terms carefully and don’t be afraid to negotiate. A food truck operator may ask you to put down a deposit or guarantee minimum food sales. You will need to specify in writing prior to the event how food sales will be tracked. Also, make sure that the food truck vendors provide proof of insurance and health department license. Some local governments have regulations for trucks preparing food on site rather than serving food prepared elsewhere. If you work with a reputable food truck vendor, there should be no problem.
Other tasks you will need to take care of include having plenty of garbage cans on site and someone available to empty them as needed. You will also need to ensure that the truck will have enough space to park and set up. Also, you need to find out if the vendor will need access to power, which may require that you rent out a generator. Make sure the food truck sells drinks as well. If they don’t, you will need to set up a separate booth to sell those.
Although you will have to do some advanced planning, promotion of your food truck event should be easy. Many people will just stop by when they see they food truck. If you want to get the word out, start hanging up sign and posters 1-week in advance and be sure to promote heavily on social media, especially on the night prior to and on the day of your event.