NMHG donates lift truck to Community Development Center

New lift truck to support food bank's storage and distribution of frozen goods, non-perishable food, and clothes.

<p>From left to right: Robbie Taylor (First Born), Carolyn Spencer (First Born), Joe McClenney (NMHG), Kelly Smith (NMHG), Troy Smith (Dougherty Equipment Company), Jack Jones (First Born), Marsena James (First Born).</p>

From left to right: Robbie Taylor (First Born), Carolyn Spencer (First Born), Joe McClenney (NMHG), Kelly Smith (NMHG), Troy Smith (Dougherty Equipment Company), Jack Jones (First Born), Marsena James (First Born).

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NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG) donated a lift truck to First Born Community Development Center (FBCDC) of Pitt County last week in order to assist the charity’s warehousing needs. FBCDC is a member agency of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern
North Carolina that provides food boxes to individuals and families in need.

“We are so grateful to NMHG for their donation,” said Carolyn Spencer, executive director for FBCDC. “The truck will help us work more efficiently and accomplish our mission to serve the community. It’s always great to see a local company that cares as much about the community as we do.”

“At NMHG, the community is very important to us,” said Colin Wilson, COO of NMHG. “We look for ways to help where we can directly, but also help charities like First Born be as effective as possible in their efforts to serve our neighbors.”

FBCDC owns a 2,600-square-foot building to house the food operation, which contains freezers for perishable goods and storage space for non-perishable items. NMHG previously supplied the charity with an electric lift truck, but after reviewing the facility’s needs, NMHG decided a different model would better suit the terrain surrounding the warehouse. The electric lift truck was replaced with a 2005 Yale GLP040 lift truck. Dougherty Equipment Company, the local Yale lift truck dealer, assisted with the delivery and installation of the new lift truck.

Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, FBCDC warehouse volunteers distribute food boxes to onsite individuals and families. Besides distributing food boxes from the warehouse, volunteers also deliver food boxes to homebound elderly and handicapped. Each food box contains a variety of canned, fresh and frozen meats, along with bread, fruit, vegetables, dairy products and beverages. FBCDC also operates a free clothes bank that is available during operational hours.

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