Here at TKO Graphix, we take pride in giving back to our community. We have a volunteer committee that steers the organization in charitable contributions. We help organizations with in-kind donations, gifts, and feet on the street because it matters. Indy Food Drop is a group we want to help.

Saving Wasted Food

Recently, TKO Graphix president Tom Taulman II came to the marketing department with a request. He wanted to offer marketing help and in-kind products to a new organization. An organization that was attempting to connect the trucking industry to the redistribution of what would have been wasted food. It’s a cause the marketing department is passionate about. How much food do we waste?

If you’d like to learn more here’s the official press release from Indy Food Drop.

Indy Food Drop

Indianapolis – Four of Indianapolis’ largest food hunger-relief agencies collaborated on the launch of a new website, Designed to help the trucking industry redirect any unclaimed food by local grocers and distributors from going into dumpsters and landfills. Putting them into the hands of people in need. By harnessing the power, people and resources of Gleaners Food BankMidwest Food BankSecond Helpings and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, truck drivers and brokers now have an easy way to get any rejected food items unloaded so they can get their trucks back on the road quickly – all while helping hundreds of families in need. The agencies partnered with the Indiana Motor Truck Association on this new initiative.

John Whitaker, executive director of Midwest Food Bank in Indianapolis, acknowledged the food is still fit for human consumption, just not for sale.

“We know there are times when food may become available to us through the supply chain for any number of reasons. The goal of Indy Food Drop is to work specifically with the transportation side of the supply chain. To take food that might otherwise go to waste and get it out to hungry Hoosiers in need,” said Whitaker. “The drivers have a need to quickly get back on the road, but if we can make it just as easy for them to take their food directly to our organizations, it is a win-win for everyone.”

Providing Information

Indy Food Drop clearly and succinctly provides drivers with access and information to change their food disposal process. Rather than dumping unused or unclaimed food, drivers can now head to one of the four food hunger-relief agencies. There they will receive help unloading their truck. A tax-deductible receipt and the benefit of knowing they are helping the hungry.

“This is a natural partnership for us to help get the word out about this website to our industry. And a great opportunity for the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) to make a difference in the fight against hunger,” said Barb Hunt, vice president, IMTA. “To know nutritious food that might otherwise get thrown away is in turn helping feed the hungry is truly rewarding.” — Midwest Food Bank News and Media