May 23, 2013
Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer was tucked away in Indiana, more than 700 miles, from an EF5 tornado that ravaged much of central Oklahoma Monday, but what’s a few hundred miles between friends?
Stoops President Jeff Stoops, through Stoops NationaLease, donated two 2010 Wabash trailers this week to the Midwest Food Bank to aid the organization in the distribution of food, supplies and aid.
Stoops Freightliner – Indianpolis Marketing Specialist Dale Spence said the company has a long standing relationship with the organization, having donated several other trailers to the organization in the past. Stoops is also presently spec’ing a 2014 Cascadia to hand over to the food bank soon.
The two trailers are on indefinite loan, Spence said.
“It’s fairly open-ended,” he says. “They can keep them for as long as they need them…until the relief effort is over.”
Midwest Food Bank is a faith-based, non-denominational nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, and started in 2003 by serving about 10 food pantries in McLean County, Ill.
Today the organization serves approximately 500 organizations across the midwest, and food given out each month now reaches more than 100,000 people.
Midwest Food Bank has experience in reaching beyond its state borders, having provided aid in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. That effort saw the organization haul more than 100 loads of food to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The first trailer load of food boxes left from the food bank’s facility in Peoria Wednesday morning headed for Oklahoma, and a second load left from its Bloomington facility Wednesday afternoon. Additional loads expected to leave next week.
According to the National Weather Service, the Oklahoma tornado’s winds exceeded 200 miles per hour, flattened entire blocks and obliterated two schools and a hospital on a 17-mile long, 50-minute rampage through the Oklahoma City suburbs.
The twister damaged or destroyed upwards of 13,000 homes and affected an estimated 33,000 people.