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Model Produce Cart Ordinance

Increasing Access to Fresh Produce with Produce Vendors

Model Legal Document
Food & Beverages

Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables can help kids and families maintain healthy weight and prevent many chronic diseases. Unfortunately, many people live in “food deserts” that lack full-service supermarkets and grocery stores. In a food desert, where only unhealthy foods are readily available, fresh produce cart vendors (like a produce stand on wheels!) can make a world of difference.

We developed Model Produce Cart Ordinance: Increasing Access to Fresh Produce by Creating a Permit Program for Sidewalk Produce Vendors (and Model Findings) to help create a streamlined permit program to make it easier for produce cart vendors to bring fresh fruits and vegetables directly to a neighborhood. This model ordinance sets forth vendor requirements and rules, and includes incentives local governments can provide to encourage vendors.

Also, be sure to check out our companion fact sheet, Creating a Permit Program for Produce Cart Vendors, which provides an overview of this model ordinance and describes the many benefits of produce carts.