(TORONTO: July 14, 2022) – As it did after the final bells of the school year rang out last year, Canadian carriers – who are part of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and members of Trucks For Change (T4C) – stepped up to deliver nutritious food packs to nearly 80 food banks across Canada throughout May and June. As part of Food Banks Canada’s After the Bell program, the Canadian trucking industry helped deliver 175,000 food packs to support food-insecure children in high-needs communities. Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount 2021 reports that 33% of food bank users in Canada are children. After the Bell was created to help fill the child hunger gap during the summertime when school meal programs are closed down.
“Like last year, for 2022 we continued our collaborative efforts with the Canadian Trucking Alliance. I am proud to say that for 2022 we were able to build on that experience to broaden our geographical reach by moving more pallets to more food banks” said T4C chair, Scott Smith.
“Capacity challenges in 2022 certainly factored into this year’s After the Bell program” said the network’s executive director, Betsy Sharples. “But that did not seem to deter Canadian trucking companies from doing what they could to support this important initiative that saw an increase of nearly 20% in Food Banks Canada’s commitment in the number of food packs this year when compared to 2021”.
“The annual After the Bell program provides an ideal opportunity for our members to pay it forward and give back to Canadian communities”, says CTA’s CEO Stephen Laskowski. “Our industry is full of people with generous hearts who live, work and play in all parts of this country, and it is a privilege to acknowledge their community contributions”.
Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada, is thankful for CTA’s and T4C’s support.
“This summer will be the toughest Canada’s food banks have ever experienced in our 41-year history,” explains Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “Many families with children are going for the first time, making the difficult choice to ask for help because the money simply isn’t stretching far enough to cover expenses. That’s why Food Banks Canada’s After the Bell program is needed now more than ever. It’s thanks to our partners like Canadian Trucking Alliance and Trucks for Change, that we are able to continue helping those that need it most this summer.”
Participating Carriers include:
- B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd.
- Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd.
- Berry & Smith Trucking Ltd.
- Bison Transport
- ColdStar Solutions Inc.
- Eassons Transportation Group
- Erb Transport Limited
- GX Transportation Solutions Inc.
- J & R Hall Transport Inc.
- JBC Transport Inc.
- J. D. Smith Logistics Solutions
- Kriska Transportation Group
- Transport Guilbault
- Champion Express Ltd.
- LTT Logistics
- Manitoulin Transport
- Minimax Express
- Onfreight Logistics
- PNW Group of Companies
- Mountain Transport Institute Ltd.
- Rosenau Transport Ltd.
- Spring Creek Carriers Inc.
- TST-CF Express
- Willy’s Trucking Service
- XTL Transport Inc.