The mobile service unit of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) completed four years of work on June 26, 2020, reaching the milestone of 20,000 people assisted.
Created to serve communities affected by disasters, the mobile aid station has served victims of tragedies such as the January 2019 Brumadinho dam disaster in Minas Gerais; landslides in São Paulo, and now in support of the fight against the coronavirus.
During this period, the vehicle passed through more than 40 Brazilian cities, served more than 107,000 meals and washed 112 tons of clothes.
“The ADRA Brazil truck was created with the aim of bringing relief in the midst of suffering. Natural disasters are common in Brazil, and in the midst of the despair of having lost everything, the services offered guarantee the basics for those who have been affected: food, hygiene, and psychosocial assistance,” said ADRA Brazil director Pastor Fábio Salles.
“In the midst of the pandemic, with the increase in poverty and unemployment, our truck continues to guarantee the essential to maintain the dignity of the humblest Brazilian families. Love that moves is the slogan of the cart; with justice, compassion and love,” added Salles.
The adapted truck has approximately 484 square feet (45 m²) of floor space and is divided into three compartments: the first is used for preparing hot food, with a capacity for up to 1,500 meals per shift; the second is intended for washing and drying clothes, with the capacity to deliver up to 360 kg of clean clothes per day; and the third for counseling support.