Saskatoon Food Bank getting new refrigerated truck

Received $95,000 from Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy News Talk 650, Apr 16, 2015 4:24pm -

A brand new refrigerated truck with the Food Bank and Learning Centre logo will be hitting Saskatoon's streets after a grant from the federal government.

Thursday morning, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, Kelly Block announced the Saskatoon Food Bank would receive $95,000 from the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

Executive Director of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, Laurie O'Connor said that means retiring their old truck, which was bought used more than eight years ago.

"The cost of the truck will outweigh the cost of the repairs of the former truck," she said. "We will have more food to give out hopefully and our third-party transportation costs are going to go down."

O'Connor said the new truck will mean they won't have to keep going back to the head office between stops out of concern the food will spoil.

"Now we will be able to go to all the different stops, fill up the back, turn on the (refrigerator) unit, and come back. So a bit more efficient," she said.

"We think there will be a number of retail distribution centres that will up the amount of donated food they are going to give us now because we can transport it safely."

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