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PBC Community Food Alliance

FOOD DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

Your agency has FREE access to a boxed, refrigerated truck & driver!!! All you do is pay for the gas and provide loaders.

Mission: To greatly improve food supplies to nonprofits agencies throughout Palm Beach County by providing easy and inexpensive access to a Refrigerated box truck and qualified driver.

How can agencies access the truck? An experienced driver is available with at least one week's notice. We can handle emergencies and short-notice needs if the truck is available. This project is coordinated through Dan Shorter and Northwood Baptist Church's Feed the Hungry Program.

To schedule the truck or to check availability, call Dan at (561) 820-4462 or (561) 741-3900 or (561) 307-6337 or e-mail dshorter@pbpost.com. Agencies will need to fax a copy of their 501 C (3) to (561) 820-3735 or (561) 741-4080 or have one on file. If you need more information on the truck, call Terry Jurewicz at (561) 375-6652 or e-mail terryjurewicz@unitedwaypbc.org.

What do the agencies need to provide? An agency must pay for diesel fuel for the trip, and provide people to load and unload. For example, a round-trip to Stop Hunger in Miami has been costing $50, and requires the driver for 7-8 hours. The minimum fuel charge is $30 in coastal Palm Beach County. The charge for a round trip to the Glades, Broward and Martin counties is $40 and $50 to Dade and St Lucie counties. Rates are based on point to point not multiple stops which can drive the cost up.

What has been accomplished so far? A 26-foot Isuzu truck was purchased in 2005 and is making four to five trips a week to Miami, Belle Glade and Pompano Beach, to pick up canned goods and produce from Stop Hunger and Farm Share, and to Goodwill in West Palm Beach to pick up SHARE food. The truck can also be used for other purposes such as moving furniture and clothes…it does not have to be food.

Who pays for the truck? The money for the original purchase of the truck was provided by United Way of Palm Beach County, WPTV NewsChannel 5 and the Town of Palm Beach United Way. The ongoing maintenance is funded by United Way of Palm Beach County and The PBC Community Food Alliance coordinates the operations of the truck.

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