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Ben Asks a Question: Are food trucks allowed at rest areas?

Posted at 7:52 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 08:17:52-04

Ben Asks a Question is a daily feature during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to be a mouthpiece for you so that you can ask Gov. Mike DeWine questions about the state's response that you may not have otherwise been able to ask. You can send your questions to us on Facebook or at newsdesk@wcpo.com.

As more questions from our viewers come in, the issue of truck drivers -- and their access to food while on the road -- has become a recurring topic.

Hearing that the Federal Highway Administration announced it would allow commercial food trucks to operate and sell food at highway rest areas across the U.S., we wanted to know if this was happening yet in Ohio.

So today, I asked Gov. Mike DeWine about state-run truck stops, and if drivers can expect to be able to buy food at them during their hauls. DeWine said he thought there were already food trucks at some rest stops in the state.

DeWine said he will speak with ODOT’s director Jack Marchbanks to ensure truck drivers have access to food.

“We want the food to be there for folks who stop, so that they will not have to get off, and they’ll be able to get the food they need,” DeWine said. “And that would certainly be consistent with the order that we have in place.”