Local Innovation: Food Truck Program Feeds the Homeless


In the East Village, The Fresh food truck provides healthy, affordable meal options to the homeless. It not only accepts payment through EBT cards, but assists eligible clients to enroll in Cal Fresh.

This project is the brain child of local graduate student Teresa Smith, who launched The Fresh with funding from the University of San Diego’s Social Innovation Challenge. Smith is also the CEO of Dreams for Change, a nonprofit that provides transitioning services to homeless moving into permanent housing. The truck currently operates with a crew of volunteers inclusive of Dreams for Change recruits, but Smith hopes to employ the homeless once the program grows.