Food bank forced to scrap 3 trucks submerged by floodwater


The Greater Berks Food Bank has officially lost half its fleet of delivery and pickup trucks to one of the recent rainstorms.

The food bank said Wednesday that an inspection of the three flooded trucks show that they were damaged beyond the point of repair and have to be scrapped.

The trucks were parked in the food bank's loading dock off Route 724 in Spring Township on the afternoon of August 31, when fast-falling rain caused water to rise up around them.

Time-lapse video recorded by one of the food bank's security cameras showed a trio of workers wading their way through waist-deep water to move the trucks to higher ground, but it was too late.

The food bank said it is now awaiting word from its insurance company about how much money it will receive for the loss, which came at a time it was helping flood victims elsewhere in the area.

In the meantime, the food bank is using one of its own trucks and three rentals to make deliveries and pickups. It typically operates with six trucks in its fleet.

The food bank annually collects, buys, stores, and distributes more than seven million pounds of food to more than 300 programs that feed the hungry in Berks, Schuylkill, and western Montgomery counties.

Anyone wishing to donate money to the food bank can do so on its website.