PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has added a new 22-foot refrigerated truck to its fleet, courtesy of a $120,493 grant from the Champlin Foundations, the food bank announced Thursday.
The new truck, the nonprofit’s second refrigerated model to be purchased with a Champlin grant, replaces a 13-year-old vehicle that had logged 160,000 miles delivering food to pantries and meal sites across the state.
The grant also covered GPS installation in seven of the bank’s trucks that distribute food to member agencies.
“This generous grant will increase our efficiency and keep our costs low,” Andrew Schiff, CEO of the food bank, said in prepared remarks. “The new truck helps us avoid costly maintenance of an older vehicle, and the GPS systems enable us to route our trucks more effectively so that we can get the food out to our agencies using less gas and less time.”
Last year, the food bank distributed 9.75 million pounds of food to its 178 member agencies at 238 sites. The organization’s statewide network of food pantries and meal sites now serves more than 66,000 people every month, up from 33,000 in 2007.