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Truck Driver Training program partners with Midwest Food Bank

June 4, 2018

Some of the first routes driven by students in the Heartland Community College Truck Driver Training program will be hauling loads for the non-profit Midwest Food Bank.

The Bloomington-Normal Midwest Food Bank (MWFB) division moved to a new facility at 2031 Warehouse Rd., Normal last spring. This new location has a large parking lot and several loading docks that are not used regularly.

This week MWFB and Heartland signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide access to the food bank’s loading area, allowing student drivers more space for hands-on training.    

“The facility at Midwest Food Bank is ideal for our truck driver training,” said Heartland Director of Continuing Education Angie Coughlin. “We currently don’t have a docking practice space and this will expand the options for the program’s curriculum.”

Beginning with the July 16 course, students in the Truck Driver Training program will be able to practice using the loading dock facilities at Midwest Food Bank. In addition, the Heartland program will haul real loads up to four times a month between the Normal food bank warehouse and facilities in the Peoria area.

MWFB Director of Operations Mike Hoffman said the partnership will help both organizations, and in the process, help more people in need get food.

“We have a logistics warehouse in Morton that sorts and stores food for both Peoria and Bloomington Midwest Food banks,” said MWFB Director of Operations Mike Hoffmann. “This is a new endeavor and new relationship with Heartland. While working out the details we found out how much we could help each other. We look forward to the local partnership.”

Heartland’s Truck Driver Training course prepares students to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Instruction includes classroom work, demonstration and behind-the-wheel experience in a Class “A” vehicle.

Written by: Steve Fast