Updated: 03/04/2014 12:03 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 2:35 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
The Eden Prairie Mayor’s Health and Wellness Committee has proposed to operate a food truck to encourage healthy eating in the city.
The truck would act as a rolling concession stand that would visit community parks, like Round Lake and Riley Lake, the committee said. It would also make stops at summer playground camps and outdoor concerts.
City officials say the $20,000 truck would be used a minimum of 150 to 200 times from the spring, summer and fall months. The revenue is expected to slightly exceed operating costs, the committee said.
The food truck would act as an extension of the Eden Prairie Community Center Café, which serves options like yogurt, fruit and chicken.
Committee members said the food truck would also work with local farmers to provide fresh produce.
The committee presented the idea at the city council meeting on Jan. 7. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation Board will consider funding the initiative once the city council votes on the idea.
The committee was created as part of the city’s “Healthy Eating Active Living” Resolution passed in 2012.
According to City Manager Rick Getschow, leaders of the Twin Cities Obesity Prevention Coalition approached Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens about a community-based commitment to improving public health by advocating healthy eating and active living.