To help meet increased demand for local food distribution in Singapore due to COVID-19, Carrier Transicold donated a 20-foot food storage container refrigerated by the company’s NaturaLINE® unit to Willing Hearts, a charity that prepares and distributes meals to those in need. The unit, a natural refrigerant-based container refrigeration system, is built at Carrier Transicold’s manufacturing facility in Singapore.
“During these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, such a gesture is especially appreciated because it significantly increases our refrigerated storage capacity, enabling us to accept more fresh food donations to help more people in need,” said Teh Eng Hua, president of Willing Hearts. “The unit’s quiet operation, efficiency, reliability and ability to store perishables in deep frozen mode are also beneficial.”
Staffed primarily by volunteers, Willing Hearts prepares, cooks and distributes about 9,000 meals each day to more than 40 locations nationwide. During the pandemic, the charity has seen generous donations of fresh food, although these acts of giving have challenged the limits of its existing refrigerated storage capacity. That constraint has now been eased as this donation effectively increases Willing Hearts’ previous refrigerated storage capacity, putting it in a better position to support the food requirements of the local community during these challenging times and beyond.
This new 20-foot container will help to serve more people in need. Left to right: Willy Yeo with Carrier Transicold; Teh Eng Hua of Willing Hearts; Kartik Kumar with Carrier Transicold.
Support of a different kind
“Our support of Willing Hearts comes naturally, as we are neighbors helping neighbors,” said Kartik Kumar, vice president and general manager, global container refrigeration, Carrier Transicold. “Just as our employees have volunteered for Willing Hearts with their time and service in the past, we take pride in deepening that engagement today by delivering this unit to help Willing Hearts further in fulfilling its important mission.”
Refrigerated containers using the unit are typically found aboard ships transporting perishable and frozen cargoes from one continent to another. But these units are increasingly used on land as stationary storage. Carrier Transicold designed the unit to use the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide, which has a lower global warming potential than conventional container refrigeration systems.
This donation supports Carrier’s Healthy, Safe, Sustainable Cold Chain Program, which aims to preserve and protect the supply of food and reduce food spoilage globally.