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Mobile Food Vendor Working Group

Mobile Food Vendor Working Group

The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative and the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards have formed the Mobile Food Vendor Working Group with representatives from several municipal health departments and inspectional services departments, and from UMass Extension and the Department of Public Health. The Working Group was created in response to a recommendation issued by the Working Group on Farming and Public Health, which in turn was created in response to a recommendation in the MA Local Food Action Plan. Recommendation #6 is: 'Partners will explore a third-party certification program for farmers market vendors.' We have expanded the discussions from farmers market vendors to all mobile food vendors, including food trucks. 

The goal of the Working Group is to increase efficiencies for Boards of Health while protecting food safety. The Group hopes to do this by sharing information between Boards, building knowledge and trust between agents, and increasing consistency across Boards. 

The Working Group is looking to find a group of communities interested in piloting a project that seeks to lower the overall burden on BoHs in permitting mobile food vendors. Operational details will be defined with the pilot communities.

Mobile Food Vendor Working Group Members

  • Tom Carbone, Andover Health Division
  • Thomas McAdams, Boston Inspectional Services Department
  • Robin Williams, Framingham Department of Public Health
  • Brittany Peats, MA Food System Collaborative
  • Jeff Cole, MA Food System Collaborative
  • Winton Pitcoff, MA Food System Collaborative
  • Cheryl Sbarra, Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
  • Diane Bernazzani, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Michael Moore, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Amanda Kinchla, UMass Extension
  • James Racicot, Worcester Department of Inspectional Services

Mobile Food Vendor Resources

For more information, please contact Brittany Peats at brittany@mafoodsystem.org