Food trucks might not officially be "essential" ... but they are when they're giving back to people on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
It's a pretty heartwarming national movement ... while demand and profits for food trucks are almost nil -- with office buildings closed -- some trucks in NYC, L.A. and Denver are serving free food at hospitals, healthcare facilities, fire departments and police stations.
Wafels and Dinges, a food truck in NYC, visited Mount Sinai Hospital, serving up free Belgian waffles and coffee to all the workers in the COVID-19 unit and ICU. The truck barely has an income, so it was sponsored by Imagine Society.
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The Wafels & Dinges food truck in Denver also passed out free food at 4 major hospitals there -- Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, University of Colorado Hospital, Saint Joseph Hospital and National Jewish Health -- donating 2,000 waffles and counting.
Meanwhile, The Halal Guys food cart tells us it's provided more than 800 meals to various hospital workers -- and partnered with Lysol to donate $80,000 to the CDC Foundation.
Happy Ice L.A., a mobile water ice truck, is giving away water ice to medical first responders around L.A. -- and sponsoring an Easter Sunday fundraiser to give $75 grocery gift cards to 1,000 families.
Also in L.A., Fraiche Signatures by Chef E Dubble has been handing out free meals for 3 weeks and counting ... feeding over 1,200 people from MLK Hospital and Kaiser Baldwin Hills, plus firefighters, police officers and sheriffs.