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April 17, 2020 11:15 AM, EDT

Convoy Underwrites Cost to Ship to Local Food Banks

ConvoyA Convoy exhibit at a 2019 industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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Digital freight broker Convoy announced it will pay the trucking costs for any food-producing business in the U.S. wanting to donate a truckload of product to a local food bank.

With millions suddenly unemployed, food banks across the U.S. are experiencing unprecedented demand amid a shortage of supplies. According to Feeding America, more than 54 million Americans are now food insecure.

Seattle-based Convoy’s new sustainability program taps into Feeding America’s network of 200 centralized food banks and 60,000 localized soup kitchens and pantries. Participating shippers reach out to Convoy with a full truckload donation and are matched with a food bank or soup kitchen, usually within 40 miles or less of their facility. Convoy’s digital freight network then finds, books and pays a truck driver to deliver the goods to that local food bank.

Besides helping shippers support their local communities, the program provides truck drivers with work to deliver the donations. — Transport Topics

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