Purolator International, the leading provider of cross-border logistics between the U.S. and Canada, has donated two trucks to Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank.
The two trucks were part of the fleet owned by Purolator Inc., the parent company of Purolator International. The Long Island Cares Purolator-branded trucks are both 14-feet and can each accommodate approximately 2,500 meals. One van is being used as part of Long Island Cares’ Store Donation Program, which is supported by more than 50 Long Island retailers. The second truck may be retro-fitted in the future with a grant to expand the regional food bank’s Mobile Food Service Program to deliver meals to more than 70,000 food insecure children in their communities during the year.
“Purolator International has been a long-time supporter of Long Island Cares, with employees dedicating their time to various food drives and warehouse sorting and repacking through the years. We’re delighted and honored to have the ability to further expand our relationship by providing these trucks,” said John Costanzo, President of Purolator International. “This donation offered us an opportunity to use our resources in a way that would help the most.”
“It’s often overlooked, but the transportation of food is critical to the success of Long Island Cares. Purolator’s donation of two trucks is significant. It will allow us to increase our food pickups, and ultimately provide more food to those in need,” said Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares. “We are so grateful to Purolator for their continued commitment to Long Island Cares.”
Purolator International also hosted a two-week food drive at its corporate headquarters in Jericho, NY. They inviting 30 Long Island businesses, comprised of approximately 1,200 employees, to donate food in an effort to fill the trucks before they were delivered to Long Island Cares. The food drive concluded on Thursday, April 30th with Costanzo and Pachter on hand to thank all that participated. Almost 2,000 pounds of food was collected.
“We thank building management company Onyx Equities and all of the businesses and individuals that contributed to the food drive. It is humbling to see what can be accomplished by coming together to contribute what we can to help our neighbors in need right here on Long Island,” added Costanzo.