By Grant Warkentin – Campbell River Mirror http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_north/campbellrivermirror/news/45748237.html
When Dale Blackburn, a volunteer at the food bank, learned the charity was unloading truckloads of food by hand, he decided to give his former employer a call.
Not long afterwards, George and Ann Minosky, who manage the food bank, were thrilled when Marine Harvest donated a used forklift. Now they don’t have to unload semi-trailer loads of food by hand, he said.
The food bank receives regular shipments of dry food goods from the Vancouver-based Canadian Food Bank Association to keep the shelves full. But it’s been tough work to unload the trucks, Minosky said. The forklift will make the job easier and will put drivers at ease that they won’t have to wait around while their trucks are being unloaded.
It might also encourage them to increase the shipments, he added.
Blackburn used to be Marine Harvest’s general manager until he retired. He contacted Owen Green, Marine Harvest’s logistics co-ordinator, who donated the forklift, formerly used in Marine Harvest’s warehouse at the Duncan Bay terminal.