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Food Truck Mondays to bring food, music and fun to campus

The Indiana Memorial Union will feature a familiar event as a fun way for staff, faculty and students to enjoy food, music and community on campus.

Starting April 3, Food Truck Mondays — formerly Food Truck Fridays — will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday in April between the IMU and Maxwell Hall.

The Student Involvement and Leadership Center kicked off Food Truck Fridays in the fall as part of the broader Campus Connections effort to get students involved in campus life, and to draw people to the IMU for food and entertainment. However, competition from other campus food truck events during the same time led event organizers to move the event to lunchtime on Mondays in hopes of attracting more people.

Food Truck Mondays will feature food trucks from local businesses, including popular options such as Pili’s Party Taco and Kona Ice.

Continuing the effort to showcase Bloomington’s diverse offerings, the event will feature local musicians, including Lee Hartman at the first event. The organizers said they are excited to bring more attention to the wealth of talent and culinary options the city has to offer.

Julle Comer, the program manager intern with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, said that to bring the idea of uniting the campus with food trucks and entertainment to life, center supervisors collaborated with Jada Collins, the former program manager, and the IMU catering department.

“The overarching goal is that moving forward through the years, the Union wants to go back to why it started, which was for a place for people to come and hang out and build a community here,” Comer said.

Comer said she is optimistic about Food Truck Mondays.

“Everyone really liked it before, but now more people are going to be able to go,” she said. “It’s going to be an even bigger event than it was in the past.”

Nisha Lalria is an intern in the Office of the Vice President for Communications and Marketing.