Lifting A Fork Against Hunger
Salyersville — With the country entering turbulent economic times during the Coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment rates, and instances of food insecurity began reaching fevered heights, the Water Into Wine Food Pantry, located at the Lakefront Church of God Outreach Ministry building on Route 30, found themselves in a battle. Large truck loads of food were being diverted from across the country with tons of food donated after restaurants were shuttered by the virus.
The emergency began to arise with the aging fork truck that had been donated two years earlier. The repair bills on the unit had began to increase along with the leaks and puddles of fluids under it each morning. The Water Into Wine board of directors identified the need as urgent to find a replacement, but did not have the funding in the operational budget. Jeffery Tackett, Community Outreach and Mission Coordinator, reached out to the Kentucky Colonels in response to emergency grants being issued in 2020. The board moved forward with a fundraising initiative entitled “Lifting A Fork Against Hunger” in hopes of procuring grant money to replace the aging unit, and to ensure that product arriving by tractor and trailer could be unloaded.
Jeffery Tackett and Garth Risner, President of Operations, for the Water Into Wine Food Pantry Board worked with the Kentucky Colonels to secure a $10,000 grant to assist with the purchase of a newer unit. Shortly after the request was made, the program was granted the check.
The Kentucky Colonel organization has now donated $27,000 grant money into the Outreach to assist with meeting the needs of Magoffin County Residents. Funding as included: the new forklift, community computer lab, access to handicap parking, along with a handicap accessible shopping pavilion, and new road construction to the emergency resource center.
The new Hyster Forklift is equipped with propane operation, pneumatic tires that can operate on gravel, 8,000 lb lifting capacity, temperature-controlled cab with heating and cooling. The new lift will ensure that the pantry volunteers can continue to handle incoming products. The pantry has already surpassed 3,000,000 lbs of food for 2020.