The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank fleet of trucks grew by one this month with the addition of its largest and most versatile tractor-trailer to date, all part of a donation made by The Mosaic Company. The new 53-foot tractor-trailer was unveiled at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, as part of a special food distribution day held in St. James Parish. The distribution took place at Lutcher Park on the east bank.
Mosaic sponsored the food distribution day in partnership with the St. James Parish government. Pre-packed Mosaic bags were passed out to 400 households at the distribution site. Mosaic employees hand packed the bags on May 1 at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Each bag contained a 5-7 pound hen, rice, gravy mix, green beans, mushroom soup, yams, peaches, macaroni & cheese, corn muffin mix, instant potatoes, brown sugar and brownie mix.
The donated tractor trailer will play an integral role in food collection and distribution. It has the ability to be divided into refrigerated and non-refrigerated sections to maximize efficiency of product transportation.
“Mosaic has been tremendously generous in support of our mission to fight hunger, and this donation will greatly improve our ability to do that across 11 parishes and especially in St. James Parish,” said Mike Manning, CEO and President of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. “This new tractor-trailer will allow us to pick up and distribute more product, both through regular distribution and Mobile Pantries, ultimately allowing us to get more food out into the community and into the hands of those in need. We enjoyed spending June 12 in St. James Parish making the initial mobile distribution with this trailer and connecting with those we serve in the parish.”
“The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is working to alleviate hunger through innovative programs such as mobile food pantries, which provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need,” said Steve Susick, Mosaic General Manager of Louisiana Operations. “Our partnership embodies the heart of Mosaic’s mission to help the world grow the food it needs. Locally, we are committed to closing the hunger gap in St. James Parish and the surrounding communities and ensuring access to fresh, healthy food.”
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank works with more than 130 agencies to serve 11 parishes across central Louisiana.
About the Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation
The Mosaic Company is the world’s largest combined producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two essential crop nutrients. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. More information about Mosaic is available at www.mosaicco.com.