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Food trucks deal with challenges brought on by COVID-19

Posted at 6:41 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 00:29:39-04

BOISE, Idaho — During the workweek, people who work downtown can get lunch at food trucks on State Street near the Idaho Capitol.

However, business has been challenging as most government employees and other people who used to work downtown are now working from home.

"Most of these buildings are like ten percent full so it is not like it used to be," said Jeff Phillips, who operates Off the Grid Pizza with his wife. "But this is a good low key chill place to come."

Every day during the week, there are different food trucks from noon to 1:00 p.m., and on Thursday, people can find Off the Grid Pizza.

"We have an Italian made wood-fired oven, and as far as the pizza goes, we make our dough fresh every day, we buy the best freshest ingredients and source locally," said Phillips.

Phillips told us food trucks are at a disadvantage because they don't have the resources of a brick and mortar store, but they also have advantages with lower overhead and the ability to be mobile.

"We had to change our business model with all the events and festivals being shut down, but at the same time, we have been able to stay open," said Phillips."

The food truck industry wants people in subdivisions to know that they are a food option for smaller events, friends called in a food truck to the finish line to help a local woman celebrate finishing a marathon.

They also cater for weddings or other special events, but people can also count on food trucks continuing to set up shop in downtown Boise.

"Come support us come, support the food truck community we are trying to stay busy," said Phillips. "I will say that the food truck community and all the locals have really been reaching out and supporting us."

The Southern Idaho Food Truck Association can help connect people with food trucks, and people have around 50 different companies to choose from.