REDMOND, Ore. - The NeighborImpact Food Bank team is excited to welcome a brand-new truck to its fleet. The agency currently has two trucks that are used to pick up food from local grocery store donors. The third truck will expand the Food Bank's ability to better serve the entire region.
"This new purchase gives us greater flexibility to collect food and will help us increase our deliveries in the rural areas outside of Bend and Redmond," said Steve Murray associate director of community services.
Most of the food pantries that distribute food to families come to the regional food distribution center at the NeighborImpact headquarters in Redmond to pick up food.
The new refrigerated truck, which was purchased from Robberson Ford in Bend, will allow NeighborImpact to make additional trips. Along with the truck, a forklift was also purchased to help make work at the Food Bank more efficient.
The NeighborImpact Food Bank Program is the regional affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank and distributes over 2.6 million pounds of food to 40 local agencies in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties. Over 19,000 individuals are helped at emergency food sites every month during the year.
The new truck and forklift were made possible by a successful fundraising campaign by NeighborImpact's development office. The following businesses and foundations contributed:
Collins Foundation $25,000
Maybelle Clarke Macdonald Fund $25,000
Oregon Food Bank $20,000
NeighborImpact Food Bank funds $11,000
Bank of America $10,000
Les Schwab $ 5,000
Roundhouse Foundation $ 5,000
Bank of the Cascades $ 2,500
About NeighborImpact: Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes County. The agency offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people's lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future. NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local funding; foundation grants; and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please visit www.neighborimpact.org.
NeighborImpact is a 21 Cares for Kids partner