Helping Foodshare to deliver on its goal of creating a community in which everyone receives all the food they need, Carrier Transicold announced that it will contribute a Supra truck refrigeration unit to be used on one of the organization’s Mobile Foodshare trucks.
The announcement was made at the UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ Annual Supplier Conference recently. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
“As a leader in refrigeration technologies that advance the global food supply chain, we recognize the critical importance of expanding and improving the cold chain to help reduce food waste and, ultimately, feed more people,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. “Foodshare’s mission aligns with this vision, and to help them achieve it, we are pleased to provide a Supra truck refrigeration unit.”
As a liaison between food providers and charitable programs that serve food-insecure people throughout the greater Hartford CT area, Foodshare dispatches its two Mobile Foodshare trucks five days a week, delivering food to distribution centers of 70 partner programs throughout Hartford and Tolland counties.
In 2014, Foodshare provided food for 12 million meals, but even that amount only fulfilled one-third of the need.
“We are grateful to Carrier for this gift,” said James Arena-DeRosa, president of Foodshare. “Our Mobile Foodshare trucks help to fulfill a vital need by distributing perishable goods—primarily produce and other nutritious dietary staples like meat and dairy—to people in need throughout the greater Hartford area, extending our capabilities beyond traditional brick and mortar sites and the distribution of non-perishable products.”
“We applaud Foodshare’s initiative to combat hunger and help curb food waste by collecting and distributing surplus food resources,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, and co-author of the recently published Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change, which calls attention to the social and environmental opportunities created by wasting less food. “One-third or more of all the food we produce each year never reaches our plates due to waste and loss, while more than 800 million people are chronically hungry—including those right here in Connecticut.”
Carrier Transicold of Southern New England, an independent dealership based in Springfield MA with additional locations in Connecticut and New York, is contributing its labor to install the new Supra unit, a diesel-powered refrigeration unit designed for use on small- to medium-size trucks.
To learn more about Foodshare’s programs to combat hunger via food distribution and development of people’s self-sufficiency, or to make a donation, see www.foodshare.org.
For more on Carrier Transicold solutions for truck and trailer refrigeration, go to www.transicold.carrier.com.