COVID-19 supply shortages increase demand for truck driver deliveries

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - With shelves at stores clearing out, there is a growing demand for truck drivers nationwide to bring supplies where they're needed.

"To say that business has picked up is an under statement," local truck driver, Michael Arbuckle said.

Arbuckle lives in Denison, and has been a truck driver for five years.

Right now he is in Iowa, and with supply shortages due to COVID-19 there is a growing demand for truck drivers to deliver supplies.

From California to Pennsylvania, he has been across the country over the past couple of weeks.

"We normally haul frozen foods and produce, but right now we're hauling anything and everything," Arbuckle said.

Arbuckle said he is putting in long hours and going the extra mile to make sure there is food on the table for families across the country.

He wants people to know there are enough supplies to go around, it is just a matter of keeping up with how quickly things are flying off of the shelves.

"When these trucks stop moving, that's when you can start freaking out, as long as the trucks are moving you're going to get your supplies," Arbuckle said.

He said along with doctors and nurses, truck drivers are some of the people who are putting their own health at risk to do their jobs.

"Truck drivers, people that work in fast food, people that are stocking your shelves, people that you just turn your nose up to because you think it's not an important job, but when you realize that these trucks behind me aren't moving, you aren't going to eat," Arbuckle said.

He said truckers have faced a few issues.

"More and more states are closing the interstate rest stops, they're shutting down places for us to eat or places for us to park," Arbuckle said.

Since most restaurants are drive-through only right now, he doesn't have that option in his truck.

But he said even through the challenges, he will keep on trucking.

"You're away from your family to feed everybody else's family but you know right now, especially with everybody getting laid off, you count your blessings," Arbuckle said.