Urge New Jersey Rest Stops to Sell Healthier Food

Walt Whitman rest stop: yelp.com

Target: James S. Simpson, New Jersey Department of Transportation commissioner

Goal: Offer healthier food options at New Jersey interstate rest stops

Millions of people drive down I-95, the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Garden State Parkway to get to New York City. It’s a very common trucker route, not just to New York but also to and from Miami and Los Angeles. The interstate rest stops are well-kept hygiene-wise, but there aren’t many healthy food options.

Much-needed Starbucks coffee abounds at New Jersey rest stops, but the most common restaurant is Roy Rogers, along with TCBY, Dunkin’ Donuts, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Blimpie’s, and Burger King. By contrast, the Maryland House in Maryland is only a few hours away, and offers healthier options like Sbarro’s Pizza and lots of fruit cups. Delaware House along I-95 has a Baja Fresh.

Fast food chains like Chipotle, Quizno’s, and Baja Fresh sell healthier food than Roy Rogers does, and have just as much money to rent stations in rest stops. New Jersey is, overall, a healthier state than Maryland and Delaware, and should reflect its pride by offering good food at state-owned rest stops.

Truckers can work 70 hours a week, driving in 14-hour shifts. They’re out there in conditions nobody else will drive in. Urge New Jersey’s Department of Transportation commissioner James S. Simpson to work on getting better food into rest stops today.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Simpson,

We would like to see healthier food options in New Jersey interstate rest stops. You can find decent options like Baja Fresh in Delaware and Sbarro’s Pizza in Maryland, but the majority of interstate rest stops in New Jersey only have unhealthy chains like Roy Rogers, Cinnabon, and Burger King.

New Jersey is densely-populated, and many people drive through it to get to New York City. It’s a common trucker route as well. Truckers drive in 14-hour shifts, often for 70 hours a week, and need healthy food options to keep up their energy. Healthier chains like Chipotle, Baja Fresh, and Quizno’s have plenty of money to rent stations at rest stops and would drive in just as much traffic if not more.

What’s more, New Jersey ranked as the eighth healthiest state in the country in 2012, while Maryland and Delaware only ranked 19 and 31 respectively. New Jersey should show its pride by offering healthy options in state-owned rest stops, which may very well be the most visible representation of New Jersey to most travelers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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