September 22

Windsor customs brokerage and freight company Russell A. Farrow Ltd. is making an investment in its own community by donating $150,000 to the United Way to purchase refrigerated trucks for the use of area food banks.

The first 26-foot truck, valued at $75,000, emblazoned with the logo “Plentiful Harvest” was delivered Thursday to the agency and food banks at the firm’s Huron Line offices as a gift to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. A second truck will be added.

“It’s a real pleasure to do this,” said Rick Farrow, CEO and chairman of the Farrow Group of Companies. “Two years ago we talked about a way that we could make a difference ... This project will increase access to food and benefit, individuals, children and families.”

The truck will be used to pick up and distribute tons of donated food annually from farmers, food producers and suppliers across the region for delivery local food banks and other charitable food programs.

The second truck will be used as a mobile food bank to deliver fresh food to families and seniors in neighbourhoods where access to a food bank may be difficult because of transportation issues or hours of operation.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude for this generous gift,” said Patrick Goggins, chairman of the board for the United Way. “This will increase the quality and quantity of food for the plentiful harvest campaign.”

He said that, in 2011, 178,554 people used food banks and other food programs in Windsor and Essex County, due to continuing high unemployment rates and the struggling economy. Goggins said the United Way and its partners have been working to increase community access to nutritional and culturally appropriate through its Food Security Network strategy.

The called the addition of the trucks, “essential” to enhancing the program and thanked the Canadian Auto Workers locals and the labour council for supporting the initiative.

June Muir, CEO of the Unemployed Help Centre, promised the trucks will be put to good use.

“We would like to express our appreciation to the Farrow Group for this outstanding and generous gift,” she said. “It has been desperately needed for years. It has been a dream to secure refridgerated trucks. They made it a reality.”

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