A food bank is delivering food faster and more efficiently with a Western Star 5700XE.
The truck belongs to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which serves more than 400 food pantries and meal programs across 50 counties and 16,000 square miles in Central and Eastern Kentucky. The food bank distributes enough food to create more than 28.7 million meals annually and it depends on a small fleet of trucks to make sure the food gets to the locations on time.
Earlier this year, the food bank received a grant to buy a new and much-needed truck. “We’re not truck people. We wanted to make sure we got the right one, a truck that we could count on for years of steady service,” said Mike Halligan, chief executive officer of God’s Pantry Food Bank.
So, the food bank turned to its board president, Grant Gabbard, for help. As executive vice president of The Allen Co., a road construction and asphalt paving company in Lexington, Gabbard knows trucks. Gabbard contacted Whayne Supply Co., a truck and heavy equipment dealer with 16 locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana and a longtime supplier for Allen.
“We were happy to work as the liaison between the dealer and the food bank to make sure it got the best truck possible. We’ve got a great relationship with Whayne and we knew they would go the extra mile to help the charity,” Gabbard said.
The 2017 5700XE, which is spec’d with a Detroit DD13 engine and Eaton Fuller Advantage manual 10-speed transmission, hauls a 48-ft. refrigerated trailer. God’s Pantry Food Bank needed a truck with enough power to handle the hills of Kentucky while still saving fuel, a priority for the nonprofit. The fuel-efficient DD13 fit the bill while the 5700XE’s aerodynamic features also contribute to the savings.
The 5700XE also saves the food bank time and money because it can carry in one trip what used to require two smaller trucks, said Halligan. DTNA’s nationwide network of service locations, including Whayne Supply, and parts availability, are also important benefits for the nonprofit.
“It’s a beautiful truck,” Halligan said. “I want to thank everyone involved for making this possible. This truck is going to help feed people in need and it’s going to be doing it for a long time.”