Carrier Transicold gave Gleaners Community Food Bank a Supra 950MT refrigeration unit for its weekly pop-up store. ( Courtesy Carrier Transicold )

Carrier Transicold has provided Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan with three transport refrigeration units.

A Supra 950MT multi-temperature truck refrigeration unit and two Model 35X direct-drive units for delivery vans were provided through a grant from Carrier Transicold and its parent company United Technologies Corp., to support food banks in the Feeding America network, according to a news release.

The truck is used for the food bank’s weekly pop-up grocery market serving low-income consumers. 

“My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery aims to deliver sustainable access to higher quality fresh produce and nutritious food staples, helping low-income families stretch available food budgets for increased household stability and improved health through better nutrition,” Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners Community Food Bank, said in the release. “The equipment grants from Carrier Transicold are helping Gleaners in our goal to move from providing emergency food to providing food as a resource for families to improve their lives.”

Gleaners purchases groceries for resale through My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery, with the margin on discounted food sales supporting direct operating costs that help the service to be financially sustainable, according to the release.

“Gleaners Community Food Bank has been helping our region for more than 40 years,” Mark Sparkman, president of Carrier Transicold of Detroit, said in the release. “It was a privilege for our team to support them in this way.”

Since 2017, Carrier Transicold’s support of the Feeding America program has funded 17 truck and trailer refrigeration units, including installation, worth $450,000 for various food banks serving parts of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Utah, according to the release.

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