New forklifts at Edmonton’s Meals Financial institution exhibit the ability of native donors
Edmonton’s Food Bank welcomed two new forklifts from Leavitt Machinery after a fundraiser in March that raised $ 25,000 in just five days.
“At the table we always need food, money and friends. We have our volunteers and our great food donors, but behind the scenes we of course need trucks, storage and energy equipment so that really helps us get the logistics going behind the scenes, ”said Marjorie Bencz, General Manager of Edmontons Food Bank .
Bencz said they realized in December that one of their two older forklifts couldn’t be repaired and that they couldn’t even get parts for it.
So they ran a fundraiser in March to buy two new forklifts that had a month-long deadline – but the community got through faster than expected and the board hit the mark in just five days and used the money to source new machines.
“It surprised me that people were very caring and kind in so many ways during the pandemic, and I think we as a community need to celebrate that too,” said Bencz.
The forklifts are very important for the inner workings of the board. They are used in the main facility to lift and move the food that feeds more than 21,000 people each month.
“To give you a sense of the pre-COVID growth, we would process around three million kilograms of food and this year we could exceed five million,” said Bencz.
Leavitt Machinery supplied the forklifts and the company will also assist the Tafel with the maintenance of the machines.
“People really got around the table and Leavitt was helpful throughout the process and committed to helping us along,” said Bencz.