The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) procured five additional food trucks on top of its existing 23 food trucks to strengthen the response of food items in disaster-stricken communities. The Hot Meals on Wheels, a first of its kind in the country, is part of PRC’s quick response program serving the most vulnerable in times of disaster, calamities, conflict, and pandemic.
PRC has a total of 28 food trucks, stationed in key-strategic areas nationwide to hasten relief operations in times of disaster. The Hot Meals on Wheels program first started in 2005, through the vision and initiative of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon to provide food to the most vulnerable.
“Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa American Red Cross dahil 3 sa bagong food truck ay mula sa suporta ng ating partner national society. Itong bagong food truck ay magsisilbing pag-asa sa mga taong naapektuhan ng kalamidad. Sa pamamagitan ng bagong food truck ay mas lalo natin mapapabilis ang ating tulong sa mga tao,” Chairman Dick Gordon said.
The food truck has played a vital role in PRC’s emergency response thru the delivery of hot meals in evacuation centers. Each food truck is equipped with industrial size burners, and steamers, and other cooking equipment.
The hot meals on wheels fleet is just one of the developments seen as Gordon leads the Philippine Red Cross modernization program.