Program Highlight

Fostering Entrepreneurship & Healthy Food Options in San Jose

AnewAmerica Community Corporation applauds the recent approval by the San Jose City Council of changes to the zoning ordinance that will promote local entrepreneurship and healthy food options. This represents a major win for local health and economic development advocates as well as for Fresh Cart mobile produce vendors and their ability to vend in neighborhoods.

Policy Updates

The approved changes support entrepreneurship, an increase in the availability of fresh and healthy foods in “food deserts” and “food swamps,” and economic and public health benefits for the entire community. The recently adopted changes to San Jose Zoning Ordinance Title 20 do the following:

  • Increase the number of hours a mobile cart vendor selling whole, uncut fruits and vegetables can vend on private property, with the permission of the landlord and without an administrative permit, from 2 to 8 hours.
  • Decrease the buffer between a Fresh Cart vendor and a lot or property used for residential purposes from 100 feet to 50 feet.
  • Allowance of Fresh Cart vendors on government property in addition to schools.

Additionally, we asked the Council to continue to explore ways to decrease the prohibitive cost of the administrative permit, which currently stands at $850.

These changes remove unnecessary barriers and bring both creative entrepreneurship and healthy options to San Jose neighborhoods. Independently operated mobile vendors such as Fresh Carts vendors operating within San Jose’s communities increase access to essential, nutritious foods for all residents. These new policies will indeed transform the health of local communities while encouraging small businesses, often operated by immigrants, to thrive and succeed. We thank our partners, including the Health Trust, Sacred Heart Community Services, and Fresh Cart vendors, as well as the San Jose City Council and Mayor Liccardo for their leadership in promoting the overall well-being of our communities in San Jose.