Ruan is proud to be an in-kind sponsor of transportation for Meals from the Heartland’s (MFTH) Annual Hunger Fight August 31-September 2 at Hy-Vee Hall. Two of Ruan’s Iowa operations, one in Des Moines and one in Cedar Falls, will provide trucks, dry van trailers and professional drivers to deliver several loads of goods necessary for the 10,000 MFTH volunteers to package more than 5 million meals at the Hunger Fight.
In all, Ruan’s trucks and professional drivers will travel about 600 miles without any expense to Meals from the Heartland. In-kind donations like this allow MFTH, along with sponsors, to pay for all the supplies necessary to make 5 million meals.
"This will be our 10th Annual Hunger Fight, and there are a lot of moving parts to prepare to package 5 million meals in four days. Ruan's generosity to partner with us to help transport product down to Hy-Vee Hall not only made the logistics easier, but it saves us money which directly correlates to having more funding to feed children,” said MFTH Director of Operations Greg DeHaai. “We wouldn't be celebrating our 10th Annual Hunger Fight and packaging our 100 millionth meal since 2008 without having philanthropic, community-minded partners like Ruan. Thank you Ruan, and thank you to all the employees who have packaged meals with us over the years."
Ruan’s Des Moines operation will haul three or four loads of product from MFTH’s West Des Moines warehouse to Hy-Vee Hall on August 26. Between August 23 and August 30, Ruan’s Cedar Falls operation will pick up five loads of soy from Cargill in Walford and transport it to the warehouse or Hy-Vee Hall. The soy is in 800 pound totes with e a total weight of 38,400 pounds.
“Ruan and Bankers Trust have co-hosted a mobile Hunger Fight in the Ruan Center for a number of years, and it’s something we always look forward to,” said Tara Meier, Ruan’s vice president of marketing and corporate communications. “It is also a privilege to help Meals from the Heartland with their transportation needs this year, and our team members have really appreciated the experience.”