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How Refrigerated Trucks Are Used for Food Banks

Joe Dickman | October 12th, 2021

Food banks are essential charitable organizations that aim to provide food to struggling families. Refrigerated trucks support this mission by working behind the scenes to transport food to various distribution centers. You can learn more about how refrigerated trucks are used for food banks below.

How Food Banks Work

Food banks serve as warehousing and distribution centers for smaller frontline organizations, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, and shelters. Food banks in the United States range from small places serving people in remote rural regions to enormous facilities storing and distributing massive amounts of food every year.

Why Use Refrigerated Trucks?

Refrigerated trucks and vans are by far the best ways to preserve thousands of pounds of food during transit. These vehicles keep themselves cool by adjusting the temperatures within their cabins. The cold air inside helps keep perishable products safe to consume when they arrive by preventing the growth of bacteria that cause foodborne diseases and other issues.

Using Vehicles for Large Scale Donations

Many businesses, including farms, supermarkets, and restaurants, contribute food to food banks. These businesses typically account for a substantial portion of all food donations, but they may not have the time to deliver the food directly. You can conveniently pick up food and bring it back so organizations can distribute it to communities using your refrigerated vehicles.

Easy Setup in Neighborhoods

Once you’ve gathered food at a distribution center, various staff can work together to deliver it directly to people who need it. Refrigerated trucks make it simple for charities to get critical supplies straight into the hands of community members. You can then station these trucks at different parking lots near schools, hospitals, and businesses, and workers can then pass out food supplies to families personally.

When looking at how refrigerated trucks are used for food banks, you’ll see that these vehicles are critical for these organizations. Without them, it can be almost impossible to deliver supplies to rural and underprivileged communities that would otherwise lack access to necessities.

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