Hunger Strike Force Trucks

Fighting hunger 24/7

Hunger Strike Force Trucks
UNITED STATES – The other night, while driving home after a late meeting, I spotted an Operation Blessing 18-wheeler headed north. I wondered where the big rig was going at such a late hour and then remembered that our Hunger Strike Force is like a servant that never sleeps. The drivers have ten hours allocated to rest in each 24-hour period, but our fight against hunger goes on 24/7. My November Blessings column is a glimpse backstage into what keeps our fleet rolling.

Our procurement team, based in Virginia Beach, works long hours prospecting for new corporate donors and contacting existing donors to secure truckloads of food, medicine and relief supplies. The team’s mission is to keep the trucks full. As each donation is secured, the information is entered into an online database and made immediately available to our dispatchers located in Ocala, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C. Each vehicle is equipped with a GPS that records and reports via satellite. The dispatchers have monitors on their desks showing a map of the U.S. highway system with blinking lights that indicate the location, speed and direction of travel of each truck in our fleet. Our dispatchers study their screens and determine which truck is best located to pick up the new donation and take it to one of our four hubs (Dallas; Ocala, Fla.; Chesapeake, Va.; and Bristol, Va.) or directly to a ministry recipient. On the receiving end, we bless a network of over 100 faith-based ministries with up to 2 million pounds of goods a week that they then distribute to hungry Americans, many of whom have lost their jobs and never before had to depend on charity. By operating with Swiss-watch efficiency, we leverage every drop of fuel and maximize each truck’s capacity to pick up and deliver donated product. On average, we deliver over $10 worth of product for every dollar invested. This is another demonstration of Operation Blessing’s “loaves and fishes” strategy to get more bang for every donor dollar. The next time you see an Operation Blessing truck on the road, please remember that besides the faithful driver and powerful diesel engine, the truck is driven by your compassion!


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10 Responses

  1. Dianna Bragg

    How can we get help for a food bank in southern WV coal country that is struggling. The administrator needs help every month with food plus a decent building to distribute the food and clothing. The needy families have to stand out in the rain , extreme heat and cold and so many of them are sick and elderly. How can you help.

  2. Michelle Cavanaugh

    Do you assist Food Pantries in North Dakota? We are a local community food pantry that is sponsored by the Gospel Outreach Ministries. We are in need of food, misc.items and/or monetary donations. We operate on Economic development funds and donations, which is never enough to assist all the families in need each month, please respond, thank you.

  3. I am the coordinator of the food pantry at Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry in Hickory, NC. We have food ministries for the low income and the homeless. Our biggest need, at the moment, is having food items for our snack pack program for the homeless in our city. Our ministry is having to overextend our budget in order to keep up supplies. We need items like vienna sausages, pop top foods (Chef Boyardee, soups), snack crackers, snack cakes…basically anything that can be eaten and carried while living on the streets. Each individual is given 1 snack pack per week. Last month alone, we served 266 of our homeless neighbors by giving out 595 snack packs.

    If there is anyway you can help that would be great. We do work with the Charlotte NC based Second Harvest, but we rarely see enough items for our snack pack program.

    Thank you

  4. We operate a food pantry in the Appalachian area of Northeast Ohio and lately we have individuals coming to us every single day for food. We simply do not get enough donations to support this need. Can you please send us information on how our pantry can get aid?

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