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LOCAL FOOD BANK GETS NEW REFRIGERATED TRUCK
January 10, 2009
(EVERETT, WA) -- Volunteers of America Western Washington, the group that operates the Sultan food bank at 701 -1st St. among others will celebrate the arrival of the VOA’s first refrigerated truck for the group’s Food Distribution Center and Food Bank.
The event called "Souping up the Food Bank" takes place on January 22 at the Volunteers of America Food Bank located at 1230 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Stockpot Soup is providing lunch for all guests.
After receiving $79,000 in private donations Volunteers of America was able to purchase the refrigerated truck. In a statement the VOA said the truck will now allow the organization to tap into untapped resources that will help VOA meet the ever growing need of the community’s hungry neighbors.
This fall the Volunteers of America Food Bank saw a jump in numbers served. It went from serving 2,700 households to serving over 3,000 households each month. Families can visit one time per month and receive a three-meal supplement for each member of the household.
The new refrigerated truck can bring in 9,000 pounds of food per load and each truckload can provide 6,000 meals, or feed an additional 86 households.
The refrigerated truck will also give the VOA tools to maximize donor partnerships. One new donor is Stockpot Soup. With the refrigerated truck, Stockpot Soup has agreed to donate pallets of soup to Volunteers of America on a monthly and/or bimonthly basis.
The VOA also says the truck will also greatly increase the efficiency of the Volunteers of America Food Bank and increase abilities to collect food donations through the food “rescue” program.
In the past the VOA was limited because food could not go more than 30 minutes without refrigeration. This would result in multiple trips a day to collect donations across the region. With the use of the refrigerated truck the VOA will be able to reduce the amount of driving, gas, and labor costs involved in collecting donations from community grocery stores and donors.
The refrigerated truck will also enable the VOA to collect more nutritious perishable food.
The additional donations collected through food rescue and through Stockpot Soup will benefit the 17 Congregate Feeding Sites and the 20 Snohomish County food banks that Volunteers of America Food Distribution Center supplies food to. Usually the distribution center provides these sites with canned and boxed foods. Now it can provide fresh produce and ready to eat perishables to a larger population of hungry residents in Snohomish County.
Each year, the Volunteers of America Food Distribution Center provides 961,241 meals to hungry individuals in our community by distributing over 8,700,000 pounds of food to 20 Snohomish County food banks and 17 Congregate Feeding Sites.
The VOA says none of this could have been possible without the donations of generous groups in our community such as the $79,000 in donations received from the EverTrust Foundation, Rotary First Harvest, Fluke Networks, and the Tulalip Tribes.