Geelong Food Relief helps more than 35,000 people suffering from food insecurity in the Geelong region by providing more than one million kilograms of food each year. With the help of 90 volunteers, the organisation operates two mini-marts and delivers to 45 mini-foodbanks throughout the region. The food comes from donations as well as some bulk purchases from an Aldi distribution centre. Vouchers, distributed to those in need by 40 assessment agencies in the area such as The Salvation Army and United Care, are used at the mini-marts to purchase food and other items. The vital role Geelong Food Relief plays in the community makes it especially important to have reliable transportation. The charity chose the Fuso Canter for its safety features. “We were looking at having a vehicle that has the Safety Pack feature that this Canter has because we have had a number of incidents of recent out on the road and the safety of our workers is paramount,” says Geelong Food Relief CEO Collin Peebles.
About The Fuso Canter
The safety pack that Peebles refers to is one of the defining features of the Fuso Canter. It has advanced emergency braking which uses radar to detect a possible collision, including collision with pedestrians, and brakes automatically if the driver does not react. The Canter 515 has an automated dual-clutch transmission and independent front suspension that deliver a car-like ride, and comes with a five-year/200,000-kilometer warranty.
Peebles says another of the Canter’s selling points for his organisation was that it doesn’t require a commercial driving licence to operate. “Previously, we had an issue getting volunteers on the road with the necessary medium rigid licence. This truck gives us the ability to guarantee that we can have vehicles getting the work done on the road every day,” Peebles says. “We are a not-for-profit charity and money is tight, so a good price and low running costs are very important for us.”