The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Hot Meals On Wheels first started in 2005 through the vision and initiative of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon when he donated his personal funds to procure a food truck. Since then, the PRC has 23 Hot Meals On Wheels, 3 of which are at the National Headquarters, with the remaining 10 in Luzon, 6 in the Visayas, and 4 in Mindanao.
PRC’s Hot Meals On Wheelsplays a vital role in emergency response through the distribution of hot food to several areas according to need, It is one of the first services deployed by the humanitarian organization to affected communities in times of crisis, disaster, and conflict.
“Sa panahon ng sakuna, isa sa pinakamahalaga sa tao ay ang pagkain. Mahalaga ang mga food frucks dahil ilalapit na natin ito sa mga naapektuhan. Hindi na nila kailangan lutuin at kakainin nalang nila ito. May mga volunteer chefs at nutrionist din ang Red Cross upang masiguradong ligtas, masustansya, at masarap ang mga pagkain na ibabahagi sa affected communities,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC has a fleet of 23 Hot Meals On Wheels, equipped with industrial size burners, steamers, and other cooking equipment capable of serving 100 individuals per hour.
PRC has also been deploying Hot Meals on Wheels to different cities and provinces to serve food to the most vulnerable. As of this writing, PRC’s Hot Meals On Wheels has catered to more than 78,000 individuals this year, catering to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, and children affected by the lockdown due to the pandemic.