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Refrigerated Food Trucks Provide Help For Rural Communities

Those in need in rural areas need extra assistance getting food. Enter the refrigerated food truck.

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Photo: USDAgov (flickr)

"I pile my car to the top," volunteer Juliana Moore said of the days before the refrigerated food truck.

Demand for food assistance is rising, and the pressure can fall on food banks to help fill a gap.

In Maine, one Portland-area shelter found they were better able to meet need — with refrigerated trucks.

The Good Shepherd Food-Bank is now able to provide refrigerated food more easily and efficiently to rural communities than before, when it relied on volunteers to pile up their cars with food and ice.

In that state alone the poverty rate increased to 12.5 percent in 2010, up from 11.4 in 2009.

The help is made possible by the People’s Regional Opportunity Program and a Community Development Block Grant.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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