Joey Wallis and Belinda Bowsher of Langley’s Harbour International Trucks were handing out free lunches to truckers outside the Flying J fuel stop on Lickman Road in Chilliwack on Thursday, April 2, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Joey Wallis and Belinda Bowsher of Langley’s Harbour International Trucks were handing out free lunches to truckers outside the Flying J fuel stop on Lickman Road in Chilliwack on Thursday, April 2, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Truck company hands out thousands of free lunches to truck drivers with local stop in Chilliwack

International Trucks is at 50 fuel stop locations across North America giving away free meals

A truck company is currently handing out thousands of free meals to truckers at 50 different fuel stops across North America, including three in Western Canada.

From April 1 to 5, International Trucks will be distributing 3,000 complimentary meals to truck drivers in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.

It’s one way truckers will be able to get food on the road since, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been facing huge problems lately. They can’t drive or walk through fast food drive-through locations, they can’t dine inside restaurants, plus some places have closed altogether.

In B.C., the truck stop where International Trucks is handing out the free meals is the Flying J fuel stop in Chilliwack at 7970 Lickman Rd. They’re also at stops in Edmonton and Saskatoon.

In Chilliwack, lunches will be handed out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from now until April 5.

Since Wednesday, employees from Harbour International Trucks in Langley have been flagging down truckers as they enter the Flying J store in Chilliwack offering them free sandwiches, cookies, and water. The sandwiches (100 on Wednesday and 150 on Thursday) were made by Moreno’s Market and Deli in Langley.

“This is not a social gathering. Grab your meals and enjoys them in your truck,” reads the International Trucks poster.

They’re also reminding folks to maintain social distancing and not to come if they are feeling sick.

Food is just one obstacle truckers have been facing lately. Additionally, they’ve encountered bathrooms and showers that have been locked up due to novel coronavirus.

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International Trucks has been around since 1902 and it produces medium-duty, heavy-duty and sever-service trucks.


 

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Employees from International Trucks are handing out free lunches to truckers from April 1 to 5. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Employees from International Trucks are handing out free lunches to truckers from April 1 to 5. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Employees from International Trucks are handing out free lunches to truckers from April 1 to 5. The sandwiches being given out in Chilliwack were made by Moreno’s Market & Deli in Langley. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Employees from International Trucks are handing out free lunches to truckers from April 1 to 5. The sandwiches being given out in Chilliwack were made by Moreno’s Market & Deli in Langley. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)