Dozens of tractor trailers made a trek to Bloomfield in an effort to fight hunger.

The Food Industry Convoy of Caring's 24 trucks departed from Rocky Hill to Foodshare in Bloomfield Tuesday morning.

"When we first started doing this about 10 years ago there was probably a half a dozen trucks," said Dan Tegolini, Guida's Dairy.

Tuesday marked its 13th convoy.

Foodshare called the convoy its way of saying "thank you" to all of its local food industry partners that contribute year round to the fight against hunger.

Jim Oswald, the creator of the event, said the first convoy consisted of some coffee and doughnuts.

Now, it's a row of trucks, a huge breakfast and a highlight of the food industry's significance in erasing hunger in greater Hartford.

"I'm very proud of this," Oswald said.

The charity said more than 70 percent of the food it distributes comes directly from companies like Stop & Shop and Highland Park Market. They essentially provide 25 meals for every $10 donated.

After a breakfast at the Sheraton on Capital Boulevard in Rocky Hill, trucks will make the 21 mile trip as a visual reminder of the 137,000 people who are hungry.

"Nationally, it’s a little bit better," said James Arena-DeRosa, president and CEO, Foodshare. "There are still 137,000 people in greater Hartford that need food, that are food insecure.”

Companies donate throughout the year, so the convoy isn't a sole delivery.

Many of the trucks in the symbolic convoy weren't even filled. Others, like Guida's, said they had pallets loaded.

Check out photos of the convoy here.

Foodshare said its participants include: Bakery on Main Big Y BJ's Wholesale Club Burris Logistics C&S Wholesale Grocers Domino's Pizza SCC CT The Farmer's Cow Freshpoint Garelick Farms Geissler's Guida's Dairy Hartford Provisions Company Highland Park Market Ocean State Job Lot Pepsi Price Rite Rose's Berry Farm ShopRite Stop & Shop Sysco Thurston Foods Walmart Whole FoodsThe convoy departed around 8:45 a.m. and arrived at Foodshare later in the morning.

More information on Foodshare can be found on its website here.

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