Several local food banks across Ontario are running a little more efficiently this spring thanks to some community-minded trucking companies.
A full truckload of used office furniture donated through Trucks For Change Network (T4C) was accepted, sorted, and delivered to community organizations from across the Province by T4C’s member carriers.
“Many of our member food banks and community service agencies have little or no operating budget for things like office furnishings, so these donations allow them to do more with less…and the donated transport was an added bonus,” said Carolyn Stewart, acting director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, which helped find homes for the items.
Through its program called Clean House For A Cause, T4C accepts donations of surplus assets, equipment, and unclaimed freight, then delivers it to community charities with available truck capacity donated or discounted by its member carriers. In this case, 22 pieces of office furniture were delivered to 7 different local charities from Windsor to Cornwall, with transport provided by 5 different T4C carriers.
According to donor Kevin Berry, president at Premier Bulk Systems, the program helped “kill two birds with one stone.”
“We had just moved into our new facility, and weren’t sure what to do with our office furniture. The Clean House program allowed us to recycle our stuff, and we feel great for being able to make a difference in our communities.”
Added Pete Dalmazzi, founder of Trucks For Change Network: “This once again proves how community-minded the trucking industry really is. All we do is make it easy and efficient to help, and the rest happens naturally.”
OTA carriers and allied trades can learn more about participating in T4C’s programs by visiting www.trucksforchange.org.