Ford Converts Transit into Mobile Kitchen for Salvation Army
Van to Deliver Meals to Washington, D.C.’s Homeless
A Ford Transit 350 HD is hitting the streets of our nation’s capital, serving in The Salvation Army as a mobile kitchen for the city’s homeless. The van, equipped with a sink, refrigerator, food prep counter, and service window, is being pressed into the non-profit organization’s Grate Patrol program, retiring an older van the Salvation Army previously used. The Grate Patrol program runs every night of the year, delivering about 150 meals, snacks, and beverages to those in need throughout downtown Washington, D.C.
Ford is reportedly one of the primary contributors to The Salvation Army, specifically in its bid to provide meal service to the needy and homeless. Volunteers from Ford even staffed the van on its first night on the job.
“The Salvation Army is grateful to Ford Motor Company for its generous donation to our Grate Patrol van campaign,” said Major Lewis R. Reckline, area commander, The Salvation Army. “Ford’s gift -- along with contributions from several other community members -- will help us to continue serving the homeless for years to come.”
Obviously, Ford is proud of the role the Transit plays. “Transit -- America’s best-selling commercial van -- has the size and flexibility that make it the right vehicle for this program.” The Transit 350 HD in question is an extended-length, high-roof windowless van with dual rear wheels. While we don’t know what powertrain hangs out in the Transit’s pugnacious snout, such a van has a minimum towing capacity of 4,000 pounds and a minimum payload rating of 3,890 pounds.