Food Forward Inc. uses Volvo VNR electric to fight food insecurity

Food Forward Inc. uses Volvo VNR electric to fight food insecurity

Food Forward says food insecurity and climate change are interconnected global issues, and this move helps address both at once.

Food Forward Inc., a nonprofit organization that says it is committed to alleviating hunger and reducing food waste, deployed a Volvo VNR Electric truck in Southern California to pick up commercial, private and agricultural food surplus in the area. Food Forward aims to distribute surplus produce in communities experiencing food insecurity, while decreasing their carbon footprint through the use of zero-tailpipe emission trucks.

In the United States, almost 40% of food produced goes unsold or uneaten, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The organization says the Volvo VNR Electric will enable the recovery and distribution of 80,000 to 120,000 lbs. of surplus produce every day. By shifting to battery-electric trucks, Food Forward says it is accelerating progress toward achieving its goal of offsetting more greenhouse gases than it produces. If surplus food is otherwise sent to landfills, it decomposes and releases methane—a potent short-lived climate pollutant that impacts climate change.

“Volvo Trucks is dedicated to providing a better, more sustainable future, and decarbonizing transportation is a central pillar of that journey,” said Jared Ruiz, regional vice president – west at Volvo Trucks North America. “We are proud of the work that our battery-electric trucks are doing to decarbonize the industry, and the great work that Food Forward’s fleet is doing to help fight hunger and prevent food waste.”

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