Lachine food bank needs wheels
A Lachine food bank is in desperate need of wheels - after they lost their aging delivery truck following a breakdown.
The Extended Hands Foodbank says their 14-year-old truck with more than 300,000 km on it was old but it did the job - until both right rear wheels fell off while on the highway three weeks ago, so it's being scrapped.
"So with no truck, we can't get any food. With no food, there's no food bank," said coordinator Tara Lee Gooding. She said their truck is the lifeline to the people they serve.
"Minimum 100 people sign up per week, but we can be feeding anywhere from 300 to 500 people depending on the number of people per family," Gooding told CJAD 800 News.
So far they've gotten by on two loaners but if the latest truck has to go back next week, they'll have no choice but to shut down. Gooding said if anyone could help out with an old truck or donations, they and their clientele would be grateful.
"We're even finding it hard to find the money to try to put a down payment for a truck because we're a non-profit," Gooding said.
Gooding said they're getting by week by week so they're hoping for a permanent solution soon.
Photo: Extended Hands