Vote for the New Haven Public Schools Food Truck!

The New Haven Public Schools food truck is entered in Food Network's Favorite Food Truck contest. The winner will receive $10,000 and the opportuniy to be considered for Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" program. The winner of the race receives $100,000.
 
 
As of this afternoon, New Haven was 44th. Go to the website and vote!
 
 
For more details, a recent New Haven Register article:
 
Race is on to help the New Haven 'healthy food truck'
  
 
Published: Monday, August 15, 2011
 
  
Courtesy of the New Haven Register
 
  
By Abbe Smith, Register Staff
 
 
 NEW HAVEN — The New Haven healthy food truck could be destined for Food Network greatness, but it needs a little help getting there.
 
 

The truck, which delivers free meals to kids in need, was nominated for a contest sponsored by the Food Network TV show, “The Great Food Truck Race.” Members of the public can vote for their favorite truck and the one with the most votes by Sept. 12 wins $10,000 and a chance to appear on the next season of the show.
 
 

Director of Food Services Timothy Cipriano said it is fantastic that the food truck received the nomination for the Great Food Truck Race.
 
 

“It’s a great opportunity to let the rest of the country know there is a bit of a crisis feeding kids and that New Haven school food and a couple other school districts around the country are doing similar ventures to get food to kids using alternate means,” he said.
 
 

As of Monday morning, the New Haven food truck was in 58th place out of a couple hundred entries nationwide, most of which are food trucks that sell food, rather than give it away for free.
 
 

To vote for New Haven’s truck, go to www.foodnetwork.com/foodtrucks and click on “Vote: Local Food Truck Faves.”
 
 

The food truck program, made possible through a partnership between New Haven Public Schools and the United Way of Greater New Haven, delivers two free meals a day to kids in underserved city neighborhoods. Last week the truck got a shout-out on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Facebook page, (run by her husband’s re-election campaign) with a post that referred to the truck an “innovative way” to improve childhood nutrition.
 
 

New Haven has another competitor for the Food Network prize: the Firedog truck, which sells specialty hotdogs and burgers and hangs out in the area of Science Park around lunchtime, according to its website. The Firedog food truck, run by head chef Russell Arpaia, is a tribute to firefighters and EMS workers.
 
 

“The Great Food Truck Race” is a show on the Food Network that follows eight gourmet food trucks on a coast-to-coast adventure where the trucks compete in weekly challenges. Trucks go home if they lose the challenge. The winning truck wins $100,000.
 
 

“The Great Food Truck Race” is a show on the Food Network that follows eight gourmet food trucks on a coast-to-coast adventure where the trucks compete in weekly challenges. Trucks go home if they lose the challenge. The winning truck wins $100,000.
 
 

The New Haven food truck bridges the gap between when the district’s summer meals program ended last week until school starts at the end of the month. It is also supported by the Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign, which aims to end hunger in Connecticut by 2015.
 
 

The food truck schedule is: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 4 to 4:45 p.m. at Betsy Ross School, 150 Kimberly Ave.; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 5 to 5:45 p.m. at Helene Grant School, 185 Goffe St.; and 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. at MicroSociety School, 311 Valley St.
 
 

Anyone younger than 18 is eligible; there is no paperwork or need for identification.