#FrontlineFoodTrucks: New York Unites to Fight COVID-19

Find out how you can help New York’s medical professionals fighting against COVID-19 and check out how NYFTA members are giving back to their communities affected by the pandemic. 

NYFTA and its members recently launched a program and fundraiser to help medical professionals on the frontlines working tirelessly to fight COVID-19 by providing meals and snacks throughout the New York City area. NYFTA is also supporting our members whose businesses have been closed as a result of the pandemic. 

Find out more about how you can help as well as how a few of our members are giving back to their communities impacted by this crisis.

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As the global pandemic tightens its grip, New York has now become its epicenter and, for tens of thousands of selfless medical professionals across the Tri-State area, the strain of combating coronavirus on the frontlines, against (seemingly) insurmountable odds while tirelessly putting themselves in harm’s way everyday. 

In appreciation, New York Food Truck Association and its members are giving back and celebrating these brave men and women with #FrontLineFoodTrucks supporting medical professionals working to address COVID-19, while also supporting NYFTA’s food truck members, whose businesses have been forced to close as a result of the pandemic.

Currently, NYFTA’s GoFundMe fundraising page has raised over $16,000 from 123 people and NYFTA has been putting those donations to good use. With help from CORE Foods and NYFTA member NitroTaps thousands of “CORE Bars” and cups of coffee are being served twice-daily to employees at NYU Langone Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. La Colombe Coffee and Pip Snacks also pitched in by donating hundreds of pounds of coffee and thousands of snacks. 

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And everyday, more and more new partners are joining the fight and helping sponsor NYFTA’s events at NYU Langone and Mount Sinai including: Chobani, by CHLOE., Kind, and Sabra

#FrontLineFoodTrucks is also helping NYFTA members whose businesses have been financially impacted by the pandemic. In a recent interview with The New York Times, NYFTA founder Ben Goldberg highlighted how donations are being used to pay for rental and labor fees for several of their members’ food trucks now stationed outside NYU Langone

“Food trucks are taking very large hits,” Ben Goldberg told the newspaper’s Pete Wells and The Times reported that this initiative will be “the first money some of the trucks’ owners have earned in at least two weeks.

Helping members struggling in the wake of the pandemic is one of the core initiatives of #FrontLineFoodTrucks. As NYFTA’s Head of Business Development, David Botbol, told QSR Magazine  “That’s where we’re putting our efforts right now. How can we use the resources that we have – our vendors and our storage facilities – and help out as much as we can with getting people meals?”

Several of NYFTA’s members are even giving back to their own communities and helping those in-need during the crisis. Recently, NYFTA member Walter’s Hot Dogs provided free lunches to families, the local National Guard, medical workers, and students in New Rochelle, New York. 

Chip NYC and Glazed and Confused also showed their appreciation to doctors, nurses, and first responders with free cookies and donuts to Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

Just last week, Big D’s Grub served rice platters to medical staff at both Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and Manhattan’s Fresenius Clinic and Big D’s has created a GoFundMe with a goal of providing 3,000 hot meals “to feed heroes working the frontlines in healthcare” with all donations being use for food, labor, and transport. 



With so many across the Tri-State area in need and millions affected right here at home in New York, NYFTA and its members are doing their part by feeding the countless men and women working to fight COVID-19. For more information, check out NYFTA’s Instagram, website, or visit their GoFundMe page to donate directly and lend a helping hand. Because together, we can make a difference.  

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Celebrating National Burrito Day With New York Food Trucks

April 2nd marks “National Burrito Day,” celebrating the delicious and versatile Mexican dish wrapped in a tortilla. Did you know that some of New York’s finest food trucks are home to some of the most delicious burritos from coast-to-coast?

Burritos are more than a popular Tex-Mex dish, they’re a celebrated comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of day. While they may have first gotten their popularity in Los Angeles nearly a century ago, did you know that some of New York’s finest food trucks are home to some of the most delicious burritos from coast-to-coast?

April 2nd marks “National Burrito Day,” celebrating the delicious and versatile Mexican dish wrapped in a tortilla. 

First introduced in the United States in 1930 at a cafe in Los Angeles called El Cholo, the burrito has captured the hearts (and appetites) of Americans for over almost a century.

But, did you know that some of New York’s finest food trucks boast some of the best burritos in the nation. Let’s take a look at a few who are serving up these filling crowd-pleasers.

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El Toro Rojo takes the art of “burrito perfection” seriously and it makes sense that the name of this Long Island City-based food truck also happens to be the name of a superhero in the “Marvel Universe.” Founded by Gabriel Apreza, his son Dennis, and daughter Jocely, El Toro Rojo is certainly a “family affair.” 

Bringing authentic Oaxacan flavors throughout the streets of New York, El Rojo Toro is redefining authentic Mexican cuisine in The Big Apple. With burritos filled to the brim with saffron Mexican rice, pinto beans, Oaxaca cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, guacamole, homemade salsas, and your choice of protein (chicken, steak, pork carnitas, chorizo, or make it vegetarian), El Toro Rojo will soon be your new go-to Mexican joint on-wheels. 

Plus, El Toro Rojo knows how to feed a hungry crowd. So, check out this Vendy Award winner and hire them to cater your next corporate or private event.



Founded by husband and wife team Carlos and Caitlyn Napolitano in 2015, the English translation of their food truck Los Viajeros means “The Travelers,” represents their passion for cooking using their cultural and culinary experiences traveling abroad. 

From their eclectic, hand-painted food truck to their burritos bursting with the flavors of Dominican, Cuban and Mexican cuisine, Los Viajeros takes their food to the next level. Check out their El Jefe burrito, a best-seller, served with brown rice, Ropa Vieja, maduros (sweet plantains), Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeños, and chipotle aioli.

And Los Viajeros has the accolades to back up their mouth-watering menu. In 2016, Los Viajeros was nominated for “Rookie of the Year” at that year’s Vendy Awards and in 2017, Caitlyn Napolitano won the champion title on Food Network’s hit show “Chopped.”

So, why not get a taste of the best Central American and Caribbean cuisine for lunch or even feature this award-winning food truck at your brand’s next promotion or large-scale event



“National Burrito Day” may only come once a year, but is there even such a thing as a bad day to eat a burrito? While most chain restaurants across the U.S. feature special deals on that day, why not forgo that generic, premade burrito and instead sample authentic eats from food trucks in New York that will leave you wanting to celebrate “National Burrito Day” everyday.

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