An X4 Series Model 7300 trailer refrigeration unit from Carrier Transicold is helping expand the Yuma Community Food Bank’s “War on Hunger” in southwest Arizona.
The refrigeration unit, which will be used to transport and cool nutritious fruits, vegetables and other food products, was provided through a grant from parent company United Technologies Corp to aid food banks in the Feeding America network.
“I can’t tell you how exciting this is for us,” said Shara Merten, president and chief executive officer of the Yuma Community Food Bank.
“When something this spectacular happens, we really appreciate it.”
Installed on a 53-foot trailer, the X4 Series refrigeration unit will enable the food bank to double its geographic reach, extending beyond Yuma County into La Paz County to the north, a combined 10,000 square-mile region with a population of about 227,500. Additionally, since the refrigeration unit is compliant with strict emissions requirements of neighboring California, the refrigerated trailer can be used to collect food from that agricultural region and participate in food exchanges with southern California food banks, something the Yuma Community Food Bank was unable to do with its existing equipment.
“We are exceedingly grateful to have been a part of this project with the Yuma Community Food Bank,” said Alex Juarez, business development manager for CT Power of Phoenix, the Carrier Transicold dealership that installed the refrigeration unit and helped source the trailer.
“Through this initiative, the food bank can continue its mission to relieve hunger among countless families throughout southwestern Arizona.”
The combined unemployment rate for Yuma and La Paz counties is well above the national average, and 20 percent of the families here are food insecure. Merten estimated the value of the Carrier Transicold refrigeration unit equates to an additional 205,200 meals that can be served by the Yuma Community Food Bank.
Each year, citizens classified as “working poor” make more than 200,000 visits to their food bank.
“As Carrier Transicold focuses on helping emerging nations develop their cold chains as a means of getting more perishable food to hungry people while reducing waste and the excess carbon emissions created, we recognize there are needs in the U.S. as well,” said Jon Shaw, director of global communications and sustainability for Carrier Transicold and Refrigeration Systems.
“That’s why we support Feeding America and its member food banks.”