With food insecurity in New England projected to increase by an average of nearly 50 percent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Successful Dealer Award winner Advantage Truck Group announced Monday it will double its commitment to fight food insecurity through Haulin’ 4 Hunger, its annual program that brings together employees, customers and business sponsors to help provide meals to those in need.
This year, ATG and its Haulin’ 4 Hunger team will increase donations to help provide 6,000 meals in response to the increased need for food assistance and expand support to 12 food pantry organizations in communities near ATG locations throughout New England. Since its launch in 2012 and including this year’s donations, Haulin’ 4 Hunger has provided more than 22,000 meals to help fight hunger, ATG says.
“We are grateful for the continued support that our employees, customers and business partners have for this program and the community of giving it has created in the trucking industry,” says Kevin G. Holmes, president and CEO, ATG. “We appreciate their commitment to helping double our reach by expanding to 12 food pantries, and know their support makes a difference to the most vulnerable members of our communities and to the local nonprofit organizations whose hunger and food insecurity programs are helping those who need it most.”
ATG says Haulin’ 4 Hunger team members will visit each organization and hand-deliver a check to help provide fresh meals for those facing hunger in the communities they serve. Donations were made each day starting Monday, Nov. 30, through Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, and on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, to 12 organizations that provide food pantries and other services:
- Abby’s House – providing shelter, housing, advocacy and support to women in need
- Fall Mountain Food Shelf – providing emergency food supplies to families and individuals
- Friendly House – providing comprehensive, coordinated neighborhood basic services to inner-city families who are under-served and under-resourced
- Jeremiah’s Inn and Food Pantry – helping adult men live in a safe and sober environment and providing emergency food assistance to individuals and families in need
- Our Community Table Soup Kitchen – serving those in need of a dinner meal and fellowship
- Marlborough Community Cupboard – providing groceries and produce to Marlborough residents
- Rockingham Community Action – providing community services and food pantry
- Raynham Food Basket – providing supplemental food assistance to Raynham residents in need
- South Worcester Neighborhood Center – providing social services to the South Worcester Community with a goal of personal advancement for each individual
- St. Anne’s Human Services – helping individuals in need in the Greater Worcester area through St. Anne’s parish outreach program and food pantry
- St. John’s Food for the Poor Program – helping and reaching out to the poor and hungry
- Veterans, Inc. – serving veterans and their families in New England by helping them regain control of their lives to eliminate homelessness