Ocean State Job Lot Makes Record Food Donation
A convoy of 10 tractor trailer trucks loaded with 400,000 pounds of nutritious, shelf-stable food (the equivalent of 333,330 meals) departed the OSJL warehouse yesterday morning to deliver to 10 food banks in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New York. This was the first installment of a 60-tractor trailer truckload donation totaling $1.25 million for 2013, marking the largest single food donation of its kind by a private company in New England.
Boston Medical Center’s Preventive Food Pantry is among those who received a delivery of 40,000 pounds of food.
Funds for OSJL to purchase the food direct from brand-name manufacturers were donated at the registers by OSJL customers in seven states over the 2012 Thanksgiving and Christmas season and matched by OSJL. Boston Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Ravin Davidoff, MD, and Ocean State Job Lot regional manager, Daniel Reed were at the loading dock when the delivery arrived.