One new food truck is launching in Traverse City and another is expanding thanks to grants awarded this week by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
The one-time grants of up to $10,000 were awarded to eight out of 65 applying trucks in the state and carried a requirement of a minimum 25 percent fund match from each business. Traverse City food truck Roaming Harvest received $10,000 to expand and put up $6,564 in matching funds to qualify for the grant.
Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan will launch Mi Fresh Start, a mobile food service training enterprise and food truck, this fall in Northern Michigan. The venture received $10,000 from the MEDC and put up $59,300 in its own funds to launch the business. The company also received a $11,800 grant from the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation. Mi Fresh start aims to support local agriculture, provide workforce training, and offer affordable fresh food options to low-income and food insecure populations.