March 28, 2014
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America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend has a new tool in the fight against hunger thanks to a Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation grant and a Winn-Dixie food donation of more than 1,200 meals to feed the area’s hungry.​

Winn-Dixie helped America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend “keep on truckin’” with a $50,000 Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation grant for a new 36-foot refrigerated truck to fuel the good work of the food bank. The essential fleet addition will quadruple the capacity to serve the hungry throughout the Florida Panhandle Big Bend region, including 120 local, non-profit organizations in 11 counties.

On March 7, Second Harvest hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their new truck at their facility in Tallahassee, Fla. Winn-Dixie took things a step further and loaded the trailer with approximately 1,000 pounds of food to help restock the food bank’s warehouse and serve neighbors in need.

“The generosity of Winn-Dixie in providing us with our first semi-trailer enables us to distribute larger amounts of food to mobile feeding sites, travel greater distances and operate in a greater capacity during disaster relief efforts,” said Second Harvest Chief Operating Officer Richard English. “This community donation serves the hungry all over the Big Bend region, helping to fight hunger and feed hope.”

District Director Drew Elkins was on hand to help English cut the ribbon on the truck doors as Tallahassee-area store directors, food bank board members and staff cheered. Winn-Dixie has been an active supporter of the food bank, donating more than 1.2 million meals since the partnership began in 2009.

“Winn-Dixie is in the food business. It’s only natural that we’re eager to partner with Second Harvest to address what, to many, is an invisible problem,” said Elkins. “When we learned about Second Harvest’s needs, we knew what had to be done in the short- and long-term.”

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