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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the launch of a temporary program to help feed travelers at rest stops amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
INDOT's program will allow licensed food trucks to operate at rest area locations on Indiana interstate highways to provide food and beverage options for commercial truck drivers and other essential travelers while the state is under a public health emergency.
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The temporary program comes after the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s “Operation of Commercial Food Trucks in Federally Funded Interstate Highway Rest Areas” was issued on April 3.
There will be more than two dozen rest stops that are eligible for this program including the I-69 rest stop in Auburn at mile 325.
INDOT will issue two permits for food trucks to operate between the hours of 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. each day on a first-come, first-served basis for each rest area location.
INDOT says the program will provide needed options for truck drivers, many of whom are reporting limited availability of food and beverages options near highways across the country because businesses are closing their dining rooms and limits their hours of service to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
You can find additional information and the application on the INDOT website.