Winter semester 2017/2018 – Concept Design – São Paulo USP – Ana Mai Arasaki, Charles Rony Silva, Olívia Cavallari, Omar Torres, Jonas Engelhardt

The food truck picks up the food that would be discarded from big suppliers, prepares that food, and distributes it around town for poor people.



There is a significant amount of food being wasted in São Paulo. Any food that is close to the expiration date or that doesn’t meet certain standards is discarded, even if it’s still appropriate for consumption.


The idea for the project is to design a truck, that would pick up the food that would be discarded from big suppliers, prepare that food, and distribute it around town for poor people, thus avoiding waste and helping people that would otherwise have nothing to eat.


By developing this service, it will allow to reduce the excessive food waste in Brazil, while also giving a balanced meal to people who need it the most. It will be of great benefit to society, by reducing impact on the environment, fighting hunger and also, by integrating the community and creating conscience of food waste itself and the situation in the city.

Global food issue

By 2050, the world will need about 60% more calories per year in order to feed a projected 9 billion people. Cutting the rate of global food loss and waste could help to close this food gap while creating environmental and economic benefits.


Calories wasted

24% calories produced for people
that are never consumed.

Hectar wasted

198 hectares used to produce food we
don‘t eat (about the size of Mexico).

Dollar wasted

1600$ value of food thrown out by
the average U.S. family per year.

Service concept

Scenario 1

The main truck drives to the square to set up, while the storage truck picks up the food from the nearby providers to deliver it to the main truck.

Scenario 2

The same process, but the storage truck passes by two nearby providers.

Scenario 3

Two storage trucks will be sent to different providers and both of them will meet with the main truck.

Set up at the square

Once the storage truck arrives at the specified city point, the food will be transferred to the main truck. The volunteers will directly begin to prepare and cook the food to serve it to the homeless people afterwards. To show the people that everything is ready, the tent will be opened by unfolding it. As the tables and seats are placed, the cooking is done. The serving will begin then.

Why we use two different trucks?

The streets can be very narrow and steep in Brazil, so the smaller truck is more maneuverable to pick up the food, while the main truck has a fully equipped kitchen and offers enough space for the people. This means we divided the work in 2 steps to speed up the working process.

Dining area

Each side of the tent fits 6 tables with 4 chairs each. This means 48 people can eat at the same time. The tables and chairs are easy to store because they are foldable.

Cooking circle

The whole working concept forms a circle to support a fluent working process and to create a good working atmosphere for the volunteers.



•  doors to load and unload food and equipment
•  entrance for the volunteers
•  window to serve the food and interact with the customer
•  driver‘s cabin with seats for the driver and the volunteers
•  hydraulic system for adjusting the height of the truck to make it a stable platform and user-friendly
•  space for people to eat
•  tent to protect from weather conditions
•  tank for resources, intake to refill them (gas, oil, fuel, water) and electricity system
•  fresh air system
•  for emergencies, a medicine and a repair kit
•  restrooms for staff
•  rainwater collecting system

Service area

•  storage for the service equipment
•  organized serving system
•  user-friendly height
•  desk to serve the food
•  trash system
•  supplies (serviettes, salt and pepper)


•  stove
•  storage for equipment (e.g. shelfs)
•  preparing area (to cut the food etc.)
•  kitchen sink
•  water filter
•  exhaust hood


•  hygienic device
•  dishwasher for the trays, pots and cuttlery
•  cleaning utilities to tide the tables, chairs and the inside of the truck
•  storage room for the cleaning equipment

Food storage

•  freezer/fridge
•  boxes to store the food/sort the food
•  trash can for food waste


•  vehicle to transport the food into the truck
•  fire extinguisher
•  ventilation in the kitchen
•  light


Men and women that live on the streets, with not enough money to buy food for themselves. São Paulo has between 20 and 25 thousand homeless people from which 3% are children. These are the people that will be benefited with our service. The users will feel welcome and embraced with a warm, healthy meal, that will also be tasteful. The service will be available for any person that lives on the street, with no gender, race, age, religion or sexual preference distinction. In average, the service will be provided to 300 people per truck, per meal (Lunch and/or dinner).

User journey

A homeless man in the street is suffering from hunger.

Then he sees a poster, where the the food truck is announced.

The truck arrives and the man walks towards the truck.

After the food is cooked he receives it from the volunteers.

With other people, who are in need aswell, he eats the food.

As he finishes, he brings back the tray and thanks for the meal.

To help others aswell, he spreads the positive message.


We will serve soup because it is easy to prepare and it gives the people a nice and warm meal. In a soup we can put a big variety of vegetables and potatoes or noodles, which is important because we don‘t know exactly what food leftovers we will get.
The other main dish will be rice and beans. It is traditional in Brazil and very easy to cook. Rice and beans give you the carbs and proteins you will need. It can also be cooked in big amounts to provide to a lot of people.
With the fruit leftovers we will prepare a nice and healthy fruit salad. It is important to have some Vitamins for the day and we want the homeless people to get energy from our meal at the food truck.


Opens the tent
Helps the homeless
Saves food

Cumbuca food truck

Closed tent

Open tent

CAD modeling

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