DES MOINES, Iowa – To show appreciation and gratitude for the trucking industry during the COVID-19 crisis, the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) will provide 1,000 complimentary boxed lunches for truck drivers Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24 and 25.
IMTA, the statewide trade association that represents Iowa’s trucking industry, is working in collaboration with the governor’s office and the Iowa Department of Transportation to help the nation’s truckers as well support local restaurants.
The lunches will be distributed at two weigh stations along Interstate 80. On Tuesday, March 24, lunches will be handed out at the Jasper County scale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24; on Wednesday, March 25, the site will be the Dallas County scale, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The weigh stations will be open for lunch distribution only at these times; there will be no enforcement activities.
Iowa DOT will post signs at the ramps to the scales and will also provide traffic control, if needed. The distribution will be set up as a “drive-through/drive-by” scenario to comply with parameters set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) parameters. The boxed lunches will be prepared by Gateway Market, In the Bag Deli, Main Street Cafe & Bakery, and Palmer’s Deli, all local eateries.
“We want to show our appreciation to the professional men and women that are playing a critically important role as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. We believe that providing a boxed lunch seemed to be the best way to achieve that goal since getting food on the road has become a bit more difficult in the current situation,” said Brenda Neville, president and CEO of the Iowa Motor Truck Association.