D4’s Jim Howard hands out lunches April 18 at Cotterel POE. More than 700 lunches were given to truckers.

Local businesses show gratitude with free meals for truckers

On Saturday (April 18), South-central Idaho saw an outpouring of support along Interstate 84 at the Cotterel Port of Entry as businesses gathered to provide meals to truckers.

In the morning, breakfast was provided to truckers traveling westbound through the port. Later in the day, breakfast transitioned into lunch and meals were provided to truckers on both the eastbound and westbound side.

“We have raised money in our organization to help out with various things during the COVID-19 situation,” said David Nevarez of Farm Bureau Insurance. “Giving free lunches to truckers is just something we wanted to do to show our appreciation for the drivers who are out there working during this time.”

Kat Kountry radio broadcast live from the POE and shared the difficulty truckers are facing finding meals during many statewide stay-at-home orders. EZ Money Auto, Stromire Catering, Costa Vida, Swensen’s Magic Markets and Gossner Foods also participated by providing meals and volunteers at the event.

Port personnel blocked off the bypass lane to allow for the set-up tables. They also ensured all trucks were stopped before volunteers approached the semis, and that individuals were clear before traffic was allowed to move again.

Though a small act of kindness in the chaos of today, the gesture was well received by truckers who continually offered words of appreciation along with thankful waves.

Click here to see video of the event.


Published 05-01-20