In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina sent out a request for loaned forklifts via Feeding America. ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network) shared the request with MHEDA and within an hour Gregory Poole Lift Systems was able to loan 2 forklifts to help with the relief effort. We thank Second Harvest for their work in helping the people affected by the flooding from Hurricane Matthew and are glad that we could assist.
Here are some stats:
The food bank serves approximately 200,000 people in 7 counties around Raleigh.
During a typical month they distribute about 850,000 lbs of food. Since the flood they have distributed 1.2 million lbs (41% increase in demand)
The forklifts have allowed them to bring on additional volunteers and staff to meet the demand. Because of the type of tires on the lifts, they were able to use them outside and set up a drive-through food distribution in their parking lot.
The pallets of water shown in the photo are going to Lumberton, which lost their water treatment facility due to flooding from Matthew. The school system is planning to re-open on Monday and the water will be used at the schools.
MHEDA – http://www.mheda.org
Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina – https://actionpathways.ngo/hunger
ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network) – http://alanaid.org/