So-Cal Tacos is a Tarrant County resident, he's also one of the most generous food truck owners; monthly donating hundreds of dollars collected at his truck to families in needs. Yesterday afternoon, as the tornadoes came through he knew that this month the families in need were in his own backyard.
Scott put out a call on Facebook and Twitter telling his customers that he would be collecting money and supplies for delivery on Wednesday afternoon to the Arlington and Kennedale residents impacted by the storm. When I went by So-Cal at lunch, money was pouring in and one person dropped off 18 cases of bottled water. As soon as the So-Cal team finished lunch service, they headed to Kennedale and served those involved in the clean-up efforts. After that service, they headed to Arlington, with plans to serve dinner to those affected.
At each impacted neighborhood, they were stopped by Arlington Police and told they would not be allowed to enter the area. Eventually, they were told they could serve, if they had a permit from the City. By this time it was nearing 5:00 p.m. and there was no way to get a permit. So-Cal then tried the emergency shelter on Abrams but was turned away there too.
Arlington is not a food truck friendly city, with rules that basically prohibit trucks operating there on a daily basis. Without discussing the merits of that law, it is positively shameful that exceptions cannot be made in times of emergency, when legitimate food service providers are willing to give free food to those who need it most.