From left to right: Ed Dunn, vice president, supply chain, UTC Building & Industrial Systems; David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems; James Arena-DeRosa, president, Foodshare; and John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems.
Helping Foodshare to deliver on its goal of creating a community in which everyone receives all the food they need, Carrier Transicold today announced that it will contribute a Supra® truck refrigeration unit to be used on one of the organization's Mobile Foodshare trucks. The announcement was made at the UTC Building & Industrial Systems' Annual Supplier Conference, held at the Connecticut Convention Center. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"As a leader in refrigeration technologies that advance the global food supply chain, we recognize the critical importance of expanding and improving the cold chain to help reduce food waste and, ultimately, feed more people," said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. "Foodshare's mission aligns with this vision, and to help them achieve it, we are pleased to provide a Supra truck refrigeration unit."
As a liaison between food providers and charitable programs that serve food-insecure people throughout the Greater Hartford area, Foodshare dispatches its two Mobile Foodshare trucks five days a week, delivering food to distribution centers of 70 partner programs throughout Hartford and Tolland counties.
In 2014, Foodshare provided enough food for 12 million meals, but even that huge amount only fulfilled one-third of the need.
"We are grateful to Carrier for this gift," said James Arena-DeRosa, president, Foodshare. "Our Mobile Foodshare trucks help to fulfill a vital need by distributing perishable goods, primarily produce and other nutritious dietary staples like meat and dairy, to people in need throughout the Greater Hartford area, extending our capabilities beyond traditional brick and mortar sites and the distribution of non-perishable products."
"We applaud Foodshare's initiative to combat hunger and help curb food waste by collecting and distributing surplus food resources," said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, and co-author of the recently published Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change, which calls attention to the extraordinary social and environmental opportunities created by wasting less food. "One-third or more of all the food we produce each year never reaches our plates due to waste and loss, while more than 800 million people are chronically hungry - including those right here in Connecticut."
Carrier Transicold of Southern New England, an independent dealership based in Springfield, Mass. with additional locations in Connecticut and New York, is contributing its labor to install the new Supra unit, a high-performance, diesel-powered refrigeration unit designed for use on small- to medium-sized trucks.
"A significant provider for Greater Hartford, Foodshare is dedicated to helping our fellow citizens throughout the area, and we are glad to have this opportunity to support them," said Logan Casey, sales representative, Carrier Transicold of Southern New England.
To learn more about Foodshare's programs to combat hunger through food distribution and development of people's self-sufficiency, or to make a donation, visit www.foodshare.org. For more information on Carrier Transicold solutions for truck and trailer refrigeration, visit www.transicold.carrier.com.
About Carrier Transicold
Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 40 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with the most advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain