A $42,500 grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation made possible the purchase of a 26-foot refrigerated truck to provide transportation of much-needed food to Martha’s Vineyard organizations addressing hunger.
The Vineyard Committee on Hunger is a nonprofit organization that seeks to alleviate hunger on the Island through self-help initiatives and raising awareness. The truck is intended to be a shared resource among several no-cost food providers on the Island including Island Grown Initiative and Food Baskets-MV.
“This truck is a much-needed addition to the Island food security infrastructure,” said Betty Burton, president of the Vineyard Committee on Hunger and supervisor of “Serving Hands.” “In these uncertain and unsettling times, demand for services is increasing significantly due to the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful to the Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation for making it happen.”
“The new Hino 26-foot refrigerated truck is truly a great addition to the food distribution programs,” said Joe Capobianco, director of the Food Baskets-MV program at Good Shepherd Parish since its inception in 2016. “This refrigerated truck keeps food fresher, longer, and with almost no spoilage. At 26-feet, its size increases the amount of food we can pick up and enables us to provide greater amounts and a wider variety of food to those in need.”
“We need to help fellow Islanders facing food insecurity,” said Rebecca Haag, executive director of Island Grown Initiative. “The ability to use this new food truck to achieve our goals of helping feed the community is a gift.”
The Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support for nonprofit community service organizations. The foundation supports non-profit organizations that enhance the societal and economic development in the communities Martha’s Vineyard Bank serves. Visit www.mvbank.com for more information.