Food Truck Associations

Organizing 101

Over the past three years the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association has assisted 11 other food truck associations form.  We have provided guidance, bylaws and help with 501(c)(6) filings for non profit status.  We do this because we believe that strong advocacy nationwide furthers our cause here in California and because we believe that everyone deserves a voice.

We’re expanding our initiative to help fledgling food truck associations.  If you need help creating or organizing a new food truck association, please email us and we’ll do our best to help out.

The first step in getting an association together is getting the relevant parties (truck owners) into a room to discuss the issues.  The first meeting should be used to identify the most important issues facing the industry in your area. Create a list in order of importance.  Typically lists include: bans, time limit restrictions, street vending restrictions, private property bans, etc. Once the list is together a strategy can be developed to achieve your goals.

We will help you every step of the way.


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach and Rock for Vets Sponsor First Annual Variety Show & Concert Fundraiser Set for June 29, 2013

At the Scottish Rite “Ernest Borgnine Theatre”

Proceeds Will Help Feed Homebound Long Beach Veterans

When:  Saturday, June 29, 2013

Doors open: 12:00 noon        Variety Show & Concert: 2:00pm–5:00pm

Where: The Scottish Rite “Ernest Borgnine Theater”

855 Elm Street, Long Beach, CA  90813

Who:  Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, a non-profit home delivered meal program for seniors, veterans and the disabled who may have difficulty shopping or cooking for themselves, and The Rock Club’s ‘Rock for Vets’, a non-profit Music Instructional Program located at the Long Beach VA Hospital.

What: This will be a joint fundraiser and proceeds will help feed homebound Veterans in the Long Beach and Signal Hill area with daily meals from Meals on Wheels and provide funding for The Rock Club’s ‘Rock For Vets’ Veteran focused Music Instructional Program in Long Beach.

Live musical performances by the ‘Rock For Vets’ Music Educational Band, Freddie Davis Jr. (performed with The Drifters, The Platters and Hank Ballard’s The Midnighters), Long Beach’s own Boxcar 7, The Windy Ridge Bluegrass Band, the Pin-up Doll Platoon, plus Sean ‘ELVIS’ Martin.  Numerous raffle items, a silent auction and Gourmet Food Trucks with the Long Beach Derby Gals as hostesses (kicks off at 12pm).

Variety Show tickets are only $25.00 per person and if you cannot attend, please send a Veteran in your place. To purchase tickets now or to donate for a Veteran, visit WWW.MOWLB.ORG find and click ‘Save the Date’ image on the right.

Seating is open and limited. Tickets will be held at will call & confirmations sent via email.  We realize that you have a choice of who you support throughout the year. Please join us in this great collaboration to make this event a huge success.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available; please contact Frank McIlquham, Director of The Rock Club via email to or Bill Cruikshank, Director of Meals on Wheels of Long Beach at

Event Sponsors: St. Mary Medical Center, Fresh & Easy Markets, Home Instead Senior Care, Speedpro Imaging Long Beach, The Queen Mary, Delightful Crepe Café, Delius Restaurant, Long Beach Ballet, Long Beach Playhouse, California Repertory, Q Guitars, International City Theater, Long Beach Shakespeare Company, Antica Extra Virgin Olive Oil, BC Auctions, The Fit Stop, Long Beach Derby Gals, KMC Musicorp, Downtown Long Beach Business Association, Greg Campbell DDS Dentistry, CareMore, Signal Hill Tribune, Long Beach Post, Orange County Breeze, California Bowlers Association, Turner Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Orozco’s Automotive, Performance Plus Tire & Automotive, Scottish Rite Ernest Borgnine Theater, BC Auctions, Rock for Vets & Meals on Wheels of Long Beach.

About The Rock Club “Rock for Vets” program: The “Rock for Vets” music instructional program founded in May of 2010 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located at the Long Beach VA Hospital. The program provides veterans an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument or sing and become part of the band that is guided by former professionals from the music industry. The band practices twice a week and as they develop their skills, perform in public for a variety of organizations and fundraisers both at the VA Hospital and in the community. As one veteran stated, “This program gave me a reason to live. I no longer have thoughts of suicide”. For more information please visit WWW.THEROCKCLUB.NET .

About Meals on Wheels of Long Beach: Meals on Wheels of Long Beach (MOWLB) was established on March 1, 1971 and is a non-profit, non-government funded, 501(c)(3) community service organization. The program operates with the assistance of over 300 dedicated volunteers, numerous donors and seven permanent staff. MOWLB provides a service of two home delivered nutritionally balanced meals w/ beverages each weekday for individuals who are unable to shop and cook for themselves and who may live alone. Our clients consist of seniors, veterans, the physically & mentally disabled and chronically ill adults in the Long Beach and Signal Hill communities. The meals are delivered by an army of “Friendly Visitor” volunteers who not only bring a meal but a visit and smile each day. For more information please visit WWW.MOWLB.ORG .

Airtel Plaza Food Truck Lot



The Airtel Plaza Food Truck lot is BACK!!!!

The best happy hour and the best trucks in the Valley every Wednesday night starting June 5th!

Check the Schedule here:

June 5th Trucks will be:

Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers
La Frite Express
No Jodas Cuban

7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91406.


Food trucks can now roll through Lawndale

By Brian Charles, Staff Writer @JBrianCharles on Twitter Daily Breeze


Check Lawndale off as another city that has abandoned an antiquated ordinance restricting food trucks.

The city joins Torrance and El Segundo among the South Bay cities that have drafted new food truck ordinances to adapt to the gourmet trucks so popular with foodies these days. In all three cases, the changes have been due to pressure applied by the Socal Mobile Food Vendors Association, an advocacy group for food truck owners.

In Lawndale’s case, the association filed a lawsuit against the city demanding changes to its food truck ordinance. The City Council responded in early March with a new ordinance giving all food trucks greater latitude.

“Lawndale did a pretty big overhaul. The items we were complaining about were the 10-minute time limits and they had a curfew on food trucks,” said Kevin Behrendt, a partner with Dermer Behrendt, the law firm representing the Socal Mobile Food Vendors Association. “The city removed both of those restrictions. ”

Now food trucks can operate any day of the week and don’t have to relocate every 10 minutes as required under the old ordinance, a Lawndale city official said Tuesday.

The lawsuit did not seek monetary damages, according to court documents.

Lawndale didn’t have a food truck problem, according to Deborah Holland, Lawndale’s municipal services manager. City officials estimate only about three of the mobile eateries hold permits to sell chow in Lawndale city limits. What Lawndale had was an ordinance problem.

“We just wanted to be consistent with state laws,” Holland said.

To read the rest of the article go to The Daily Breeze.


We have added a classifieds section to our site.  We thought it would be nice if trucks and people servicing trucks had a place to post their jobs, goods and services.  The Association does not endorse any of the items or services in the classifieds.

Please post responsibly.


Bringing Food Trucks to you

Food Trucks

The SoCalMFVA was the first group to organize and bring food trucks to office buildings in Los Angeles.  We have continued to schedule trucks for lunch time service around the Los Angeles area.  We ensure that you have a rotating variety of cuisines that offer fast and friendly service.  There is no cost to cost associated with this service.  If you’re interested in setting up a food truck lot at your office, please contact us at

We can bring a food truck to you, daily, weekly or monthly.  We have a wide selection of cuisines to choose from and we let you pick the trucks you want to use.

Food Trucks



It seems like every day I read another article about a city somewhere in the United States that has decided that their constituents needs are best served by limiting competition through unfair food truck laws.  It always starts off with a mayor, or a city council person proclaiming that they have to protect local restaurants from competition.  Maybe they should start protecting their constituents from businesses that don’t want to compete for their dollar.  When a city decides that they want two segments of the food service industry to negotiate how best to split the consumer dollar, they are doing their city a disservice.   This type of negotiation is usually called “compromise” by city officials, but to the average consumer it looks more like collusion.  A city government should not tell it’s citizenry how and where they should spend their money.

In 1979 a California appellate court ruled; “ we conclude that section 80.73(b) 2A(2)(bb) (100 foot buffer zone) is a “rather naked restraint of trade,” and determine that it is “ . . . arbitrarily made for the mere purpose of classification.”  In other words, the court found that the 100 foot buffer zone was unconstitutional.  Regulations must be made to serve the public good.  A city must show that there is a rational basis for the regulation.  Restricting competition does not serve the public good.

If you’re a food truck operator, or a a food truck fan, it’s important to control the message.  When a city official says food trucks engage in “unfair competition”, explain to them that you’re concerned with “consumer choice,”  Ask a city official if they’ve tried to ban pizza places from delivering pizza near restaurants.  Inquire about how the city tried to limit Netflix deliveries by Blockbuster Video stores.  Ask why they think competition is unhealthy for the market place.

Competition is good for your community.  Restaurants have an incredible advantage over food trucks.  Shelter, seating, alcohol and on-site restrooms are hard to compete with.

-Matt Geller
CEO SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association