Truck keys handed over at our East Lyme Food Pantry at St. John's Episcopal Church
The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries announced it has received a donated 14-foot box truck from the Walmart Foundation.
The new truck, made possible through a $35,000 grant by the Walmart Foundation, will be used for weekly food pick-ups at the CT Food Bank and Gemma E. Moran United Labor Food Bank, transporting food between SSKP's 5 local food pantries, as well as during local food drives.
The official presentation of the truck keys occurred at SSKP's East Lyme Pantry, located at Saint John's Episcopal Church, where a team of local Walmart associates helped unload food from the Gemma E. Moran United Labor Food Bank.
Accepting the keys from Walmart representatives, SSKP Executive Director Patty Dowling said, "What a gift that we have been provided. Our current vehicle is over 10 years old and is really starting to show its good use. This new vehicle provides a larger box area for food transportation and added safety features including a rear back-up camera. Our ability to transport the food we depend on to feed those in need in our community, for not only today, but for the next 10 years, has been assured because of this donation. I, on behalf, of The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, guests, volunteers, Board of Trustees and staff heartfully thank Walmart for providing this incredible capacity building gift."
"We are honored to support The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries in their mission of alleviating hunger in Connecticut's communities," said Chris Buchanan, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs. "Walmart remains committed to ending hunger and food insecurity in all of the communities that we work in. We know this truck will be put to good use by The SSKP."