Linda F. Smith of Blacksburg donated a new Kenworth truck and 53 foot refrigerated utility trailer to the Food Bank, an affiliate member of Feeding America, on Friday, according to Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWVA). The donation will be used for high volume, long-haul pick-ups and deliveries of food to help the hungry throughout Southwest Virginia.
The trailer’s slogan reads: “Dedicated to Fighting Hunger and Changing Lives in Southwest Virginia.” The tailgate of the trailer announces “Yummies for the Tummies.”
“We’re very excited about the gift of a much needed new large capacity tractor and trailer,” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. “This gift will serve the Food Bank for many years. Feeding America Southwest Virginia depends on donors like Linda to support our mission of feeding those in need.”
More than $34 million worth of food and grocery related products are channeled through FASWVA’s network of more than 400 partner feeding programs in a 26-county region that provide food or meals to those in need. The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure large quantities of food for the hungry. Smith’s donation can be used to pick up items and take them to FASWVA’s distribution center in Abingdon, or to pick up unexpected large donations.
“It makes hauling a lot easier,” said Walker Nelms, FASWVA’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. “Because it’s new, the number of years of service with it will be huge.”
The truck unveiling and ribbon cutting took place Friday at 11 a.m. at Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s Salem Distribution Center. It was attended by Linda F. Smith, Food Bank staff, board members, food suppliers and Food Bank supporters. Following the ribbon cutting, Mrs. Smith was given a ride in the new truck.
“She said she’s just delighted to give this,” said Nelms. According to Nelms, Smith, who preferred to avoid media attention, said, “She just wanted to do something nice. She’s just delightful. She’s not in it for any other reason than to help people in the area. She’s hoping others in the area will step up, too.”
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