GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF) – The United Service Organizations (USO), the leading non-profit organization supporting U.S. service members and their families, has partnered with Kroger to launch its “Stuff The Truck” event to collect and provide nutritious meals to service members and their families in Georgia.

Local shoppers can donate items to the on-site USO/Kroger truck.

The truck, which began its journey Monday in Atlanta, will travel to various Kroger stores and military bases around the state to hand out meals to service members and their families.

Angela Hodge, Mobile Manager for the USO said, “So, the USO and Kroger are here in Augusta, GA, sharing our USO Mobile that we just built – thank you to Kroger, it’s to deliver nutritious meals to the service members. And we are kicking off our tour by taking donations from local shoppers here in Augusta to deliver to the service members tomorrow at Fort Gordon.”

“They’re actually doing a wellness event on base. So, we’re able to taker our healthier snack options to Fort Gordon tomorrow. There’s a huge need, yeah. Service members can just a little bit of a healthier option – it’s not just hot dog and hamburgers and the barbeques that they’re used to, but actually putting fresh-cut ingredients in front of them and giving them a little bit more energy throughout their day.”

The USO will distribute all the foods collected today at the Lewiston Road Kroger to service members on post tomorrow at Fort Gordon. Then, Saturday, they will hold a big event at Fort Stewart near Savannah.

Hodge said, “So, Kroger and USO have actually been partners for numerous years, but it’s just a new initiative that Kroger wanted to build a big food truck and kind of get their mission on the road to show the relationship between the two companies.”

According to Hodge, the food truck is industrial sized, custom-made, and was just picked up from the builder this week for this, its inaugural tour. It includes an industrial freezer, an industrial fridge, a flat-top grill, burners, WI-FI, mobile entertainment, and the ability to serve hundreds. In addition to servicing service members, the food truck was designed to be deployed to help with disaster relief alongside the National Guard, which the USO helps support when hurricanes has struck.

Hodge said that this truck is the first of its kind, and there are plans to build two more like it in the next two years. The USO and Kroger Food Truck will be used across the country after finishing its grand opening tour, starting here in Georgia.

The USO Food Truck will make its delivery at Fort Gordon and provide healthy eating instruction from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 307 Chamberlain Avenue Thursday.