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I had never heard of Sactomofo before the day of the event, but I'm glad I went. I tried a gyro for the first time and rice milk cinnamon ice cream, both of which were excellent. I didn't particularly care for the loud music because it made it difficult to talk to people. Though they might have made it loud on purpose to cover the sound of the cars above you, but I think it was too much.
I researched that food truck aren't allowed to sell food within 1500 feet of a school because of student food nutritional worries. I can't help to feel that that doesn't make any sense. I food I ate at Sactomofo was healthier than any food I've ever eaten at a school cafeteria. It's also pointless to ban food trucks, but not any other food seller. At my old high school, there were five different fast food places under a five minute walk away from the school. It's pointless to ban mobile food, but not fast food. The reason why fast food will never get banned from being near schools is that chain food companies have enough money and power to stop restrictions like that form being put into law. If people are really worried about students not eating healthy food then they should focus more on what's being served inside schools. And not just that the food be healthy, but also tasty. If students liked the food schools offered then you wouldn't have to worry about students ditching at lunch to go get some better food or students rushing to the nearest fast food seller after school to get something to eat after having skipped eating any food in the lunch cafeteria. Also, most of the food they were selling was kind of expensive. I don't think that most students would be willing to spend six dollars for a sandwich anyway when they can go to a Burger King and get a burger, fries, and a drink for that same price, so this whole debate is pointless. I'm guessing that the food trucks want those kids’ parents to be buying their stuff, not the kids themselves. After all, it's adults who tend to be the ones who are more willing to spend the extra money for the better quality of food.
I think Sactomofo could get more people to show up if they had it in a better location. It was a little crowded and it wouldn't hurt to have more space for more food trucks. If people could divided between more food trucks then the lines wouldn't have been as long and it could have helped stop them from running out of product as fast as some of them did. I talked with a man who was waiting in the gyro line with me who said "I really like the food and I don't mind the long wait, but I just can stop myself from worrying about whether or not it's sanitary to have this under the freeway." Admittedly there was a bit of trash on the ground even though there were trash cans available. But it didn't smell and the food trucks themselves were very clean looking. It's probably just the old saying about homeless people living under the freeway, that put those thoughts of 'hey this might not be the best place to be getting food at' mentality.
Another person said to me, "I just like that I'm helping out a local operation and it doesn't hurt that the food is fantastic." I do think that most of the food trucks were local, but there were a few larger companies involved as well, such as Xfinity and Whole foods. They also had a can food drive, which to be honest, took me a while to find.
Overall, I applaud the owners of these food trucks trying to gain local support for what they think is an unfair and troubling law. The public should always be given the choice in what happens in smaller, local rules like this because that is the people who are affected by those rules; locals. Some times when regulations are made, problems arise from them. I'm sure the people who wanted to ban these food trucks had good intentions, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I would fully recommend people supporting these food trucks and I would definitely recommend anyone to visit the next Sactomofo. I sure you'll have a blast.