Summer truck shipments to feed children in need

Trucks for Change, the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, and Food Banks Canada are joining forces in a campaign to deliver food for children in need this summer. About two dozen fleets working for the alliance are now handling shipments for After Food Bell, a program organized by Food Banks Canada that addresses immediate hunger needs but also builds nutritional literacy skills.

Trucks for Change has been involved in a wide range of initiatives that support Canadian food banks. (File photo: Trucks for Change)

The program provides “summer packs” of food to children who typically rely on school breakfast and lunch programs, delivering support after classes come to an end in June.  Twenty-five carriers have committed to moving 51 shipments that include a collective 65,000 food packs this summer.

“Considering all the challenges Canadians have faced throughout the last year, our involvement in this program couldn’t have come at a better time and I’m proud of how the trucking industry always steps up to the plate,” said Scott Smith, chairman of Trucks for Change and president of JD Smith & Sons. The first shipments began to roll this week from Brampton, Ont. to La Pocatiere and Mont-Joli, Que. Deliveries originating from Prince George, B.C. and Calgary  will begin next week, while most of the shipments to 21 Ontario food banks will begin in June.

“With the trucking industry well-positioned to sustain the positive image it has gained as a result of its efforts delivering critical supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic, carriers have now expanded their focus on supporting Canadians in need,” said Doug Sutherland, chairman of CTA’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage and president of Sutco Transportation Specialists.

“Our industry was so overwhelmed by all the kind words and encouragement truck drivers, specifically, have been showered with over the last year, that it feels good knowing our industry always stands ready to give back.”