A Savannah-based trucking firm, Veteran Carriers, is showing its appreciation of the trucking industry this year by launching a program to provide free lunches to drivers throughout 2021.
The “Feed a Trucker” program, set to launch on May 7, is a partnership between the trucking firm and Enmarket Convenience Stores. “Feed a Trucker” will involve participating groups gathering at the Enmarket on Pine Barren Road and Highway 80. The location serves a high volume of big rigs going in and out of the Georgia Ports Authority.
On the first Friday of the month for the rest of the year, truckers can pick up a free boxed lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Enmarket’s The Eatery at their Pine Barren Road location.
Volunteers will help support the program and hand out meals, with the first group of participants being the Veterans Council of Chatham County.
“Throughout 2020 and 2021, truckers have kept us fed and supplied, even during the darkest and most frightening days of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cliff White, president of Veteran Carriers. “We wanted to do something, however small, to acknowledge the sacrifice and determination these truckers have demonstrated. We wanted it to be for all truckers, not just our own drivers, and we worked out a way for volunteer groups like the Veterans Council of Chatham County to participate so that the truckers will know the community at large appreciates them.”
Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket, said the convenience store chain was delighted to participate. “Enmarket never closed its doors during the lockdown. As an essential business, our employees were there, selling gas and food. But we couldn’t have done it without truckers keeping us supplied, so we are pleased to join this expression of appreciation.”