Posted by: marineharvestcanada | May 25, 2009

Campbell River Food Bank gets a lift from Marine Harvest Canada

By Grant Warkentin – Campbell River Mirror http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_north/campbellrivermirror/news/45748237.html

George Minosky (from right) with the food bank is glad he kept his forklift operator’s licence up-to-date after Marine Harvest (represented by Ian Roberts) donated a forklift to the charity. Owen Green, Marine Harvest’s logistics co-ordinator, masterminded the donation but was unavailable for the photo.

George Minosky (from right) with the food bank is glad he kept his forklift operator’s licence up-to-date after Marine Harvest (represented by Ian Roberts) donated a forklift to the charity. Owen Green, Marine Harvest’s logistics co-ordinator, masterminded the donation but was unavailable for the photo.

When Dale Blackburn, a volunteer at the food bank, learned the charity was unloading truckloads of food by hand, he decided to give his former employer a call.

Not long afterwards, George and Ann Minosky, who manage the food bank, were thrilled when Marine Harvest donated a used forklift. Now they don’t have to unload semi-trailer loads of food by hand, he said.

The food bank receives regular shipments of dry food goods from the Vancouver-based Canadian Food Bank Association to keep the shelves full. But it’s been tough work to unload the trucks, Minosky said. The forklift will make the job easier and will put drivers at ease that they won’t have to wait around while their trucks are being unloaded.

It might also encourage them to increase the shipments, he added.

Blackburn used to be Marine Harvest’s general manager until he retired. He contacted Owen Green, Marine Harvest’s logistics co-ordinator, who donated the forklift, formerly used in Marine Harvest’s warehouse at the Duncan Bay terminal.

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