IATSE 669’s former treasurer Luke Campbell took the reins by reaching out to community organizations. In addition, more Local 669 members got involved as Meals on Wheels relief drivers. Luke was teamed up with non-profit Potluck Cafe Society to supply the Downtown East Side for their SRO (single residential) buildings and began coordinating logistics for delivering up to 1,700 meals per day. What started as a request for a 1-ton cube truck on weekends morphed into Local 669 taking the lead at setting up and operating the distribution centre. Teamsters 155 arranged industry pricing and Luke secured 5 trucks from Discount Car and Truck Rentals Vancouver. William F. White International Inc. has provided equipment and Panavision Vancouver has provided a pallet jack & loading dock ramp.
The organizing team at the distribution centre is now made up of 669 members and two DGC-BC members, with an IATSE 891 member functioning as a back-up, offsite production coordinator, and four Teamsters 155 drivers. To date, these amazing volunteers – and some non-union commercial industry family – have helped move 11,000 meals through the distribution centre! The City of Vancouver – Local Government has given them the green light to provide this service for the 27 DTES SRO private buildings.