For years the Chilliwack Salvation Army Food Bank has missed out on between 100 and 200 pounds of food donations every day because it didn't have a refrigerated truck to transport fresh produce.
That ends this week. The Food Bank's new $100,000 refrigerated truck will make its first rounds this week, picking up perishables from local grocery stores.
"It's gorgeous isn't it? " Food Bank manager DonArmstrong said of the gleaming white vehicle while it was parked at the Chilliwack Chiefs second annual Salvation Army Golf
Tournament at the Chilliwack Golf & Country Club Thursday.
The need for a refrigerated truck had been a pressing one for the Food Bank for years, when the Chilliwack Chiefs decided to step up two years ago and commit to fundraising until a truck was paid for.
The team's first golf tournament dedicated to the cause last year brought in $14,000 and garnered the project some vital momentum.
"They've made it possible for us to go ahead and do it," Armstrong said.
Asked why his organization got involved, Chiefs president Glen Ringdal said the choice was a easy one.
"Salvation Army is one of the most important charitable organizations working in this community," he said. "Not only do they do fantastic work, they're totally respected by everybody as a great organization that delivers real value to the community."
All that was needed was a project for the Chiefs organization to get its teeth into, and the truck was a natural choice.
Since the local hockey team hopped on board, other groups have come through withsi zeable donations as we ll : $20,000 from SardisKiwan-is and $10,000 from Farm Credit, to name just two.
And Food Bank officials are now celebrating the fruits of two-years of fundraising.
"Now we can go to all the grocery stores and we can pick up all their fresh produce. We couldn't before," Armstrong said. "Now we can give clients fresh produce that they could never get before. Now they're going to get their carrots and they're going to get their fresh corn and their fresh bananas."
In the future the truck may also enable the Food Bank to pick up frozen goods, but Armstrong said that will have to wait until they have proper storage facilities.
"That's our next step to work on," he said.
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