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Thieves Put Food Bank Trucks Out Of Commission

Thieves took the catalytic converters from the vehicles over the Labor Day weekend, putting two Hoosier Hills Food Bank trucks out of commission.

Hoosier Hills Truck

Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU-WTIU News

Hoosier Hills uses the trucks to collect food from local stores and suppliers.

The Hoosier Hills Food Bank is trying to recover from the loss of two of its food transport trucks. Thieves took the catalytic converters from the vehicles over the Labor Day Weekend.

Hoosier Hills Development Director Jake Bruner says the food bank has no way of pickup up food from local grocery stores and suppliers. He says they are already several thousand pounds behind.

“The fact that we are pretty much at a standstill until we get these trucks fixed and the fact that we can’t pick up food and the fact that we’re being hit with these costs and deductibles is really disparaging to the food bank right now,” he says.

Bruner says the trucks should be fixed by next week. He says thieves target catalytic converters for their relatively high street value. The exhaust parts contain small but valuable deposits of platinum.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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  • Luzia

    One would think maybe Michelle Obama’s initiative could pick up the tab on this one so kids can eat better; that’s her thing and this is right up her alley. The truck has to be cold for produce. Certain types of fruit need refridgeration to stay fresh (once you pick them off the vine they go bad); vegetables… not so much.

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