On the Move

Senior Vice President of Business Affairs John Shoulders steps out of FASWVA’s new truck at its debut event at the Bonsack Kroger store in Roanoke.

Trucks are an often overlooked part of food bank operations. But the fact is, without trucks, Feeding America Southwest Virginia couldn’t exist.

These rumbling diesel beasts travel from one corner of our 12,400 square-mile service region to the other picking up donated food, dropping off partner program orders, delivering disaster supplies, and much more.

“The simple fact is, trucks feed people,” says Pamela Irvine, FASWVA President and CEO.

That’s why, when one of FASWVA’s much-used trucks broke down beyond repair, it was a crisis situation.

Thousands of pounds of donated food went uncollected because a truck wasn’t available to pick it up. Delivering much-needed food was becoming a challenge as well.

Kroger, a long-time FASWVA partner, understood this critical need and stepped in to help.

Not only did Kroger donate the entire cost of a new truck, plus the first year of insurance payments, but they also took it a big step further.

FASWVA’s new 26 ft. refrigerated box truck is the first in the nation to be rolled out as part of Kroger’s new “Zero Hunger | Zero Waste” initiative.

Launched in September, “Zero Hunger | Zero Waste” is a national effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the country by 2025.

Committed to both feeding the hungry and reducing waste, FASWVA is proud to join Kroger in this exciting initiative.