When Food Banks Canada began planning its annual After The Bell program to fight child hunger this past summer, they turned to Trucks For Change Network to help get healthy food snacks to children in need.
Food Banks Canada is a national organization which works in collaboration with the food bank network across Canada to reduce and prevent hunger in communities across the country. Because many school-centered support programs are not readily available during the summer months, the After The Bell mini-meal program was established to fill the child hunger gap. Children in communities across Canada receive eight weekly food packs containing mini-meals with nutritious, child-friendly foods that meet their nutritional requirements.
This past May, over 100,000 mini-meal food packs were assembled over a 3 day period at the Toronto International Centre in Mississauga Ontario, with food donations and packing volunteers supplied by many leading food companies including Loblaw, Kellogg, Quaker Oats, and Hershey.
T4C then went to work coordinating donated and reduced-cost trucking services from its member carriers to move donated food into the International Centre, and to move assembled food packs out to communities across the country. Altogether, twelve T4C carriers moved 40 truckload and LTL shipments to food banks across the country, helping to reduce the program’s transportation cost by over $12,000.
Said Pete Dalmazzi of T4C “What a great example of our industry coming together to support Canadians in need by doing what we do best…moving freight!”.
The planning for next year’s After The Bell program has already begun, with an expanded target of 130,000 food packs. In addition to helping with freight services, Dalmazzi would like to see T4C network members involved with the volunteer packing as well.