Foodbank Launches Campaign to Replace Damaged Truck

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Foodbank Launches Campaign to Replace Damaged Truck
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Source: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is asking the community to help replace equipment damaged in an accident on October 15, 2018 that resulted in total losses of a refrigerated food transport truck, and the electric pallet jack and food that was on board. Estimated cost to replace lost equipment and food is $145,000.

In order to continue normal operations, the Foodbank will also have to lease a truck for three months until a replacement arrives.

An anonymous donor has pledged a $50,000 matching gift that requires the Foodbank to raise an additional $50,000 in individual donations. Several donors have already pledged $4,000 toward replacements costs.

Aera Energy, LLC, has offered to fund a full-service lease payment for November and December 2018 and January 2019 while the new truck is procured. On Thursday, November 15 at 9am at the Santa Maria warehouse, 490 West Foster Road, team members from Aera Energy will present the Foodbank with a check for $8,658 to cover rental truck costs. 

“We so grateful for the support that has already come from our friends at Aera Energy, individuals and our generous anonymous donor with the matching gift,” noted Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin. ”In the thick of the holiday season, we see hunger increase as local food production and tourism slow down and many working people in our county face reduced work hours and wages.”

“Losing a truck as useful as ‘Old Reliable’ at this time poses a real impediment to meeting the needs of those facing hunger in our community through our programs and our 300 non-profit partners,” added Foodbank director of operations Paul Wilkins. “Logistics have been impaired since the accident.” 

To contribute, the public may donate online at or by sending a check made out to Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to either 4554 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, 93110 or 490 West Foster Road, Santa Maria, 93455. Credit card payments may be taken by phone at (805) 937-3422 x 106.

The Foodbank is aiming to purchase a 2018 Hino 268A Refrigerated Box Truck, outfitted with a liftgate that will allow pick ups from smaller growers, support easier and a greater variety of collection by the Backyard Bounty Program, and enable distributions to smaller agencies that lack a loading dock. Refrigeration reduces food waste by slowing spoilage and keeping fresh produce safe and delicious longer.

The new truck will also have emission technology compliant with Title 13 “Truck and Bus Rule” and will advance the Foodbank’s commitment to a healthy food ecosystem in Santa Barbara County. 

In fiscal year 2018, the Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food, including 4 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, to more than 173,000 unduplicated clients throughout Santa Barbara County.  With these large volumes of food and fresh produce, this grant-funded truck will address the primary concern to maintain consistent levels of food quality and food safety that our programs, partners and clients rely on.

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Foodbank of San... Nov 19, 2018 11:44 AM
Foodbank Launches Campaign to Replace Damaged Truck

Thank you for caring and contributing, Santa Barbara County! We at the Foodbank appreciate that the community is so interested in this issue and that these questions have been brought forward. The truck was fully insured, and older (2007). It was totaled and the insurance payment came to $23,267. A new truck, which meets current emission and energy standards, and which, moving forward, will enhance our ability to preserve the freshness and safety of food we receive and distribute, will cost $120,000: obviously a significant shortfall. A generous anonymous donor has offered a $50,000 matching grant; the Foodbank needs to raise $50,000 to receive the full benefit of that. As of now, we have received $9,891 in individual donations. Additionally, Aera Energy is generously covering the costs of the interim rental truck that is enabling us to continue to meet the needs of those facing hunger until we procure a new truck. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions you'd like answered directly! Judith Smith-Meyer, Foodbank Communications Manager: jsmithmeyer@foodbanksbc.org Thanks for caring, Santa Barbara County!

a-1545073083 Nov 19, 2018 10:11 AM
Foodbank Launches Campaign to Replace Damaged Truck

Absolutely loves Food Bank and their work. Make contributions in money and product and have done so for years. But this is a bit shady it seems. At least they could disclose what insurance they had and what shortfall they are experiencing. The implication seems to be that they had to pay 100% of the cost of replacement and I have a hard time believing that someone's insurance didn't put out here.

Flicka Nov 19, 2018 09:59 AM
Foodbank Launches Campaign to Replace Damaged Truck

I imagine replacement insurance on this old truck would have been really expensive and wouldn't have covered even close to the cost of a brand new truck. If you donate money for food to the Foodbank they can buy $8 worth for every dollar donated, a fantastic way to stretch your helpful donations. No one should ever go hungry.

mattyboy Nov 18, 2018 08:02 PM
Foodbank Launches Campaign to Replace Damaged Truck

Should solely have liability only if you are prepared financially to cover the cost of a replacement in the case the owner/operator is at fault, basically self-insuring the vehicle replacement. Otherwise, they should have had it also insured with comprehensive or collision insurance.

a-1545073083 Nov 18, 2018 03:44 PM
Foodbank Launches Campaign to Replace Damaged Truck

This truck is an upgrade, like they say in the story, and it will enable them to do more. Also there was equipment that may not be covered. If you can and desire to give do so, if not then don't.

CoastWatch Nov 18, 2018 02:19 PM
Foodbank Launches Campaign to Replace Damaged Truck

Wait a minute... Didn't they have vehicle insurance on the truck involved in the collision...? Seems unethical to ask for a replacement cost of a new truck when their insurance carrier should have covered that... Where am I wrong here?

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