Encinitas organization needs funds for new truck

July 2, 2018 by  

Encinitas’s Community Resource Center, which helps over 400 families in North County each month, needs to replace its delivery truck.

The vehicle, a 2006 box truck the center has been using since 2012, has been nicknamed ‘Fred’ after the character in the television series ‘The Flintstones’. Unfortunately, Fred now has over 125,000 miles on his engine, and is beginning to need more and more repairs. The center puts about 1,200 miles on Fred each month.

Fred is vital to the operation of the center, which picks up donations of perishable items on a daily basis and bring them to its pantry. Fruit, lettuce, and other produce are typical of the items, and within hours of Fred’s delivery, families in need pick up the foods at the center. Last year, according to its records, over 1,400 households picked up more than 540,000lb of food at the organization’s pantry, located on Second Avenue.

The center has already raised more than $25,000 towards the $65,000 it will need to buy a new refrigerator truck. As part of the effort, it is offering sponsorships to donors, who will then have their names displayed on the new truck’s sides. Since the truck travels through San Marcos, Carlsbad, and Del Mar daily, the sponsor would enjoy considerable exposure. People who are interested in helping can find more information on the center’s website.

Efforts like this need wide publicity, so center officials might work with a flyer printing company on a mailer for the community.