Carrier Transicold announced a program funded by a $150,000 grant from its parent company United Technologies Corp to donate truck and trailer refrigeration units to individual food banks in the Feeding America network.

The grant, which will cover the donation and installation of transport refrigeration units to seven food banks, was presented to Feeding America representatives at Carrier Transicold’s 2017 Americas Truck/Trailer Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas NV.

“We take our responsibility very seriously to help preserve, protect, deliver and display the world’s food supply,” said Jon Shaw, director, Global Communications & Sustainability, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. “As we focus on helping emerging nations develop the cold chain as a means of getting more perishable food to hungry people, we also realize there are needs in the United States as well, and that’s why we chose to work with Feeding America and its nationwide network of member food banks.”

Funds will be disbursed to member food banks that have identified a need for a Carrier truck or trailer refrigeration unit. Food banks in Louisiana, South Dakota, Michigan, California, Georgia and Nevada will then use the funds to purchase the equipment, including installation by an authorized Carrier Transicold dealer.

Carrier Transicold dealers participating in the 2017 program include:

•Carrier Transicold South in St Rose LA

•Transport Refrigeration of South Dakota in Sioux Falls SD

•Carrier Transicold of Detroit in Detroit MI

•Bay Area Transport Refrigeration in Hayward CA

•Carrier Transicold South in Lake City GA

•CT Power in North Las Vegas NV

Feeding America is responsible for serving more than 4 billion meals a year through its network of 200 food banks serving 60,000 agencies nationwide. With a combined 1,850 refrigerated trucks in its fleet, Feeding America and its members deliver more than 1.25 billion pounds of micro-nutrient-rich fresh produce and other perishables each year.

The grant was funded in part by proceeds from the book Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change, which was co-written by John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, United Technologies. “Cold chain technologies are essential to avoid food waste and extend the world’s food supply so we can sustainably feed more people globally,” said Mandyck. “More than 1 billion metric tons of food is lost or wasted each year. This donation will simultaneously help reduce that waste while helping Feeding America in its fight against hunger.”

For more information, see www.transicold.carrier.com.