2016-04-14 / Front Page

UAW, FCA donate two semi trucks to Food Bank

By Bill Petzold
810-452-2645 • bpetzold@mihomepaper.com

FLINT – As a crowd of about 65 United Auto Workers union members stood and cheered, two factory-refurbished Navistar semi trucks roared up the driveway to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan on Friday morning, making a grand debut as the new, industrial-sized “grocery getters” for serving the Flint area.

Thanks to the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the trucks have been donated to the Food Bank to assist in its mission to serve the people of the Flint area, especially in light of the water crisis.

“The Food Bank has put out 12 million pounds of water in three months,” said William Kerr, president of Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “You guys have come out here from the UAW and took it in your pickup trucks, we’ve rented semis, and we’ve done everything we could.”

The new additions to the Food Bank’s delivery fleet will improve the speed with which the food bank delivers food and water to those most in need. With the water emergency still in effect, these trucks are a timely gift to serve a community in desperate need of relief.

On hand to mark the occasion were UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, FCA Director Michael Jessamy and UAW Region 1-D Director Gerald Kariem.

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