Simplot Transportation in Caldwell has twice delivered food for The Idaho Foodbank in the past two months – at no cost. In December, the company picked up more than 28,000 pounds ofpurchased potatoes from four Magic Valley sheds and delivered them to Boise. And on Jan. 22, the company delivered a load of purchased rice from Hansen.
The donation is part of Delivering Hope, a new partnership with the Idaho Trucking Association. Truckers donate one-way transportation, which allows the Foodbank to stretch its resources even more efficiently and ultimately feed more people.
Three association member companies have already moved food five times since December and saved the Foodbank more than $4,000, the equivalent of 12,000 meals.
In addition, in December, association members and their employees raised $4,490 collected more than 4,100 pounds of food. Together these donations provided enough for another 16,887 meals.
Idaho is a rural, slightly out-of-the-way state, which means transportation is a significant component to the work we do at the Foodbank. When almost 65% of goods delivered in this country are delivered by truck – and that number is probably higher in Idaho – it is apparent that what the industry does is critical to our way of life.
The partnership with the Idaho Trucking Association highlights the value of the industry in bringing food to all Idahoans, not just those we serve.