Operating a food truck during a global pandemic where gathering in crowds is discouraged — if not banned — in some areas might seem like an untenable proposition. But with the help of six Ithaca College students, Jorge Bouras, owner of the Dos Amigos food truck in Ithaca, has found a way to continue selling his Mexican food during the coronavirus crisis, all while giving back to local essential workers through a “Burritos for Heroes” campaign.
In assistant professor of strategic communication Lisa Farman’s integrated marketing communications senior capstone course, IC students gain real-world experience by working with local business owners and coming up with promotion and publicity ideas. This semester, the team of Grant Thomson ’20, Lily Donoghue ’20, Jacob Lange ’20, Cassandra Bauer ’20, Charlotte Steinberg ’20, and Zoe Levitt ’20 were collaborating with Bouras, running the company’s social media accounts to try to attract more of their fellow Ithaca College students.
And the outreach was going well, until the outbreak forced Ithaca College and Cornell to switch to remote instruction for the rest of the spring semester. Suddenly, Dos Amigos was left without a major segment of its customer base. And Thomson and his classmates were left wondering what they could do to make the course meaningful.