REDMOND — Oregon Trucking Associations handed out nearly 200 free lunches to drivers Wednesday, May 20 in a show of appreciation for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic, according to a press release.

OTA held the event at the SB Juniper Butte Weigh Station, about 15 miles south of Madras along Highway 97. Drivers passing through the weigh station received a free boxed lunch, bottled water, sanitizer and disposable safety masks.

This is the fourth event OTA has hosted in Oregon, with previous events near Woodburn, Cascade Locks, and Ashland.

“I heard about the event online, and I am glad I got to pass through!” said one driver. Everyone passing through was grateful for the gesture, and some were surprised because of the limited services available to them during the hardship.

“We sometimes don’t even have a bathroom to use,” said another driver, with her new sanitizer in hand.

OTA staff was joined by members from JLE Truckwash out of Ridgefield, Washington, (with locations in Portland), all of whom were decked out in personal protective equipment to make a safe handoff of food and other items.

This series of events was made possible by various contributors through the association’s Driver Appreciation Fund, as well safety mask and sanitizer donations from members All Service Moving, which produces the sanitizer at their Seattle-based distillery, and bottled water donated by Combined Transport Logistics Group.

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