Ford has a long history of providing vehicles and even creating entire programs designed to deliver food and other necessities to those in need who may not be able to obtain those items otherwise. This includes launching an autonomous food delivery pilot in Detroit, using Transit Connect vans to help underserved communities in Miami, and even delivering all sorts of supplies to rural residents of Mexico. Now, a group of specially-equipped Ford F-150 “Hot Shot” trucks are being used to deliver food to elderly residents in Hawaii County as well, according to Island News.
This new nutrition program is being funds from the state and U.S. government, which was used to purchase a pair of Ford F-150 pickups that have been outfitted with both heated and refrigerated sections designed to carry food around the island and keep it within a safe temperature range. The trucks will be used to deliver that food to around 430 elderly residents of Hawaii, in addition to 620 congregate meal site participants located across the area.
“The acquisition of these specialized vehicles represents a significant investment in the well-being of our elderly residents,” said Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth. “The ability to safely transport and deliver hot and cold meals is crucial to the success of the Hawaii County Nutrition Program. As we navigate the unique challenges of our rural landscape, these vehicles will ensure that our seniors receive the nutritious meals they depend on.”
This type of program is quickly growing across the entire U.S. as food insecurity grows, driven by soaring inflation – and for some – a lack of access to grocery stores and other healthy food options. This is precisely the purpose of the recently-launched Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) on the Go program in the Detroit area, which delivers meals to 20 mobility challenged senior citizens who reside in the Rio Vista Detroit Co-op Apartments senior living center.