National site ‘Meals for Truckers’ launches today – Truck News

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LANGLEY,
B.C. – After the success of bringing food trucks to commercial drivers in the
Kamloops, B.C., area, a new website will launch today to provide information on
services across the country.

“With the
unexpected growth of the Meals for Truck Drivers B.C. initiative, we have found
that what simply started as a Facebook page isn’t nearly good enough to respond
to the volume of interest and questions we have been getting,” said Greg
Munden, president of Munden Ventures and one of the Kamloops businessmen who
started the local initiative.

Through the
new website – www.mealsfortruckers.ca
– drivers will be able to access information through their smartphones, tablets,
laptops, or PCs.

“It will
list, and provide specific directions to, food tuck at card locks, restaurants
that specifically focus on serving commercial drivers, and other facilities
that focus on serving our industry,” said Dave Earle, president and CEO of the
B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA). “For businesses that want to be listed, there
will be an opportunity to post where they operate and what services they offer.”

Cookshack Cravings is one of the food trucks that has stepped up to feed drivers in the Kamloops area.

Munden said
because the provincial effort grew so rapidly, which had a great deal of
support from the BCTA from the beginning, his group of Kamloops business people
have had to transition administration of the Canada-wide effort over to the
BCTA, which now have dedicated staff working on it.

“We
envision a website that acts as one central location for trucking companies and
drivers to find information about services that are available to them
regardless of where they are in Canada,” said Munden. “This will be a website
where businesses of all types can register to let drivers know what is
available, during what hours, and drivers will be able to be confident in being
able to access those services without the risk of showing up and being turned
away, not just now during Covid-19, but also in the future.”

The
Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has also lent a hand, collecting information
from across the country about what services businesses are offering to truck
drivers.

“In this current environment, the public is beginning to understand the critical part our industry plays in our society.”

Dave Earle, BCTA

Earle said
the rapid growth of the Kamloops food truck initiative – which is available at
five locations in B.C. – is recognition for the industry and the job drivers
are doing during the pandemic.

“For many
years, we’ve operated unseen and unrecognized, but in this current environment,
the public is beginning to understand the critical part our industry plays in
our society,” said Earle. “The difficulties that drivers have faced during this
crisis – a lack of access to basic facilities and food – really spoke to the broader
public, and they responded.”

Munden agreed,
saying associations like the BCTA and CTA have long searched for ways to have
professional drivers recognized and receive the respect they deserve for the
job they do.

“The
outpouring of support and positive view of truck drivers during this pandemic
from the general public and all levels of government has been amazing,” he
said. “It has quickly become apparent to everyone that grocery store shelves,
the medications at pharmacies, medical equipment in hospitals, and everything
else needed in today’s society, arrives by truck and the professional drivers
who make it happen.”

Recognizing
drivers

In addition
to informing drivers about where to find food, the new national website will
also include unique opportunities for co-workers, companies, partners, or neighbors
to recognize drivers working during the Covid-19 crisis.

“Anyone will
be able to nominate a professional driver who they think deserves recognition
as a ‘Highway Hero’ online, and include a picture and a brief description of
the work they are doing during this crisis,” Munden explained. “Highway heroes
will be promoted and displayed both on the website and through social media as
way of saying ‘thanks’ to the often unrecognized profession.”

Earle thanked
and commended the individuals and businesses that have stepped up to support
drivers during this unprecedented time.

“The
response has been fantastic, and we’re going to keep working hard to make sure
every driver not only has access to the facilities they need,” said Earl, “but
to make sure that they also feel recognized and supported.”

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