Los Angeles Food Bank, Teamsters host drive-thru in to help truck drivers affected by COVID crisis

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. (KABC) — Several local charitable organizations partnered to host a food bank Wednesday for truck drivers who have seen their hours and loads vanish due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and local teamsters coming together to help drivers in the San Pedro area.

Since a lot of the truck drivers are independent contractors, they don’t work for a specific company so they don’t have employer protection and some are not even members of a union. So, many are really struggling right now.

The Food Bank will be providing them with some essentials. These truck drivers are really struggling with traffic down significantly.

“You know some of the numbers that are out there, it depends who you ask right, but some of the numbers that cargo is only down 30%-40%. We’re hearing from the drivers on the ground that it’s a lot more than that. Most drivers that are getting 2-3 loads a day are only getting 3-4 loads a week now,” said Teamster Ricardo Hidalgo.

Teamsters with the Food Bank providing food to these truck drivers, they are also offering personal protective gear..

The next event is scheduled for April 24 at the Downey Library, 11121 Brookshire Ave. in Downey.

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