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The Days Are Numbered For These Iconic Food Trucks In The Santa Ana Area

Santa Ana, California’s loncheras aren’t just food trucks. Whether they’re serving a bowl of belly-warming pozole, or selling plastic toys and Takis for the children (or those young at heart), the loncheras are an extension of the community they serve. Tourists and regulars alike photograph their time at the loncheras, sharing them on their social media accounts. Each snapshot capturing the charm and smiles that can only come after enjoying the experience these trucks provide.

Unfortunately, as OC WEEKLY points out, Santa Ana’s city council has its regulatory targets set directly on the community of food trucks in the Santa Ana area.

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For now, the loncheras remain, but if these strict regulations are handed down, the days of these trucks are likely numbered. This will put at risk the income of a large section of the local population in Santa Ana and it will remove a crucial part of the culture and community as well.

The OC Weekly has a great slide show featuring photos of the hardworking men and women who make the loncheras possible. Check out the the link below.

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This Burrito Truck Will Bring You To Tears

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This Burrito Truck Will Bring You To Tears

Because no one deserves to go hungry.

Every morning on my way to work, I pass through Los Angeles’s Skid Row, the 4-square-mile area that separates the trendy Arts District and Downtown LA neighborhoods. It’s a humbling experience, a reminder of how easy I have it despite my many, many complaints. Mostly, though, I think of how the city has failed these thousands of people –something officials are keenly aware of and are finally working on — and how in the world they survive.

Enter Share A Meal. Every night, from Monday to Friday, volunteers make 200 burritos in a food truck and then distribute them to those who need them the most. The food truck is the brainchild of Ravi and Jacquie Singh, who started feeding the hungry after making a Sikh pilgrimage.

Beyond providing a hot meal to LA’s homeless, Share A Meal volunteers also give those they serve hope and dignity.

“When we go out and serve the community, the reception you get and how thankful and welcoming they are is so rewarding,” Alejandro Garcia, a volunteer, told NBC Los Angeles.  “If you ask about them, they get excited because people forget that these are human beings who want human interaction, too.”

You can find out more about Share A Meal, including how you can help, here.


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