God’s Pantry Food Bank received the donation of a refurbished electric forklift from ProLift Industrial Equipment today at our Lexington headquarters. Late in 2014, ProLift asked its employees to suggest nonprofit organizations that might benefit from the donation of one of their items, and Pete Sackleh, a sales representative with the Louisville-based company, put forward the name of the Food Bank. Pete, who works with the food bank in Lexington, also contacted God’s Pantry Food Bank staff for their input.
Once ProLift had narrowed the nominees, the company’s 300-plus employees were given the opportunity to vote. God’s Pantry Food Bank, Kentucky’s largest food bank, received the most votes.
ProLift president David Graffy (pictured left), joined ProLift and God’s Pantry Food Bank employees at GPFB headquarters in Lexington. Jarrod Tramont, Central Operations Manager, chose this Toyota electric forklift from the company’s inventory as a good potential donation because of its low miles and good condition.
The forklift was delivered the morning of January 8, 2015. For now it will remain in Winchester. However, its final service point will be the new regional distribution center for the Food Bank in Morehead, Ky., slated to open later this year. Groundbreaking for that facility was held earlier this month.
ProLift is owned by Toyota Industries North America and is based in Louisville, with seven other regional locations.
Pictures from left to right:
David Graffy, ProLift President
Manuel Howard, Operations Director – God’s Pantry Food Bank
John Lancaster, COO – God’s Pantry Food Bank
Lorie Leitner, Marketing/Sales Support Manager, ProLift
Jarrod Tramont, Central Operations Manager, ProLift
Pete Sackleh, Lexington Sales Staff, ProLift
Value of the forklift: $9,500