PepsiCo Grant Funds New Truck for Food Bank

Funded by a grant from Westchester-based PepsiCo, the 16-foot Freightliner truck went into service today following a dedication ceremony at the Food Bank’s Elmsford distribution center. The shorter length of the 2015 model refrigerated, heavy-duty truck makes it easier to maneuver in the tight quarters and narrow streets encountered in many Westchester communities, particularly in older downtown neighborhoods of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.

Toby Pidgeon, Director of Operations at the Food Bank, said the truck will be used to pick up food donated by retail stores including supermarkets and grocers, as well as larger bakeries and specialty food stores. “This truck truly is a game-changer for us,” he commented. “We can now increase the amount of perfectly good food provided by retailers that would normally be thrown away. In 2014, our new Retail Recovery Program provided 271,000 meals to the community. With the PepsiCo truck we project we will be able to double that to 550,000 meals this year.”

Dedicating the new Food Bank for Westchester truck were, from left, Rick Rakow, Food Bank board chairman; Ellen Lynch, executive director; Kevin Plunkett, deputy Westchester County executive; Sue Norton, PepsiCo vice president of global citizenship; and Toby Pidgeon, Food Bank director of operations.

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