The donation of a new forklift will come in handy for the busy Samson Cree Nation Food Bank.
The forklift was donated to the food bank courtesy of Peace Hills Insurance’s special projects fund and presented on April 26.
As a successful entity owned entirely by the Samson Cree Nation, Peace Hills Insurance prides itself on being able to give back to the people and community of shareholders. Each year Peace Hills Insurance set aside up to $100,000 for its special projects fund.
“The food bank does awesome work for our people, so it’s a win-win for everybody involved,” commented Peace Hills’ board chair and Samson councillor Patrick Swampy.
“We look to support the community wherever we can and this is such a worthwhile cause,” said President and CEO Gene Paulsen, adding the company will be running some food drives as well to help out.
The timing couldn’t have been better: the food bank’s old fork lift died the day before the scheduled arrival of the new equipment.
The Samson food bank serves an average of 800 to 1,000 people each month.
“I don’t turn anybody away, I cannot. If a person’s hungry, we need to give them food,” said food bank manager Elda Goodin Lightning.
The biggest delivery the food bank has had in the past is 16 pallets. The average is four to six pallets. The new forklift will make the job of moving and storing supplies easier for the employees.
“There’s such a strong demand at our food bank , we’ll get good use out of it,” said Goodin Lightning.
The Maskwacis community will still benefit from the old equipment too, as it was shipped off for repairs. Once complete, the old unit will be donated to the Ermineskin food bank.
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