Burns donated five Hyster and Yale forklifts from their rental fleet to assist in the increased demand for food during the COVID-19 crisis. The added equipment allows the foodbank to provide their services through “no-touch” food distribution and deliveries.
“We are proud to support the Akron-Canton Foodbank’s operational needs as they continue to serve the community and protect public health and safety,” said Michael Burns, Executive VP of Burns Industrial Equipment.
Last month, Ohio’s Governor, Mike DeWine, called in the National Guard to provide a labor force to assist in several areas of the state’s food banks’ operations. “Our specific request was for members who are certified in heavy equipment to help our warehouse staff manage the increase in demand from our hunger-relief network,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Foodbank.
The Foodbank has been experiencing record demand for food, doubling the amount of food distributed from its warehouse. The pantries, hot meal sites and backpack programs within its eight-county service area are preparing for an increase in demand as more businesses close and families are out of work. To donate to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, click here.