Miss Izzy, GUM’s steadfast box truck, continues to plug away on her routes — despite her 273,000 miles! The 2000 Isuzu has been with Greensboro Urban Ministry for years, and the agency depends on it for daily food pickups at area grocery stores and food collection events. Between its age, its lack of lift gate and proper dock height, though, loading food on the truck is very challenging!
“Our drivers head out some days with fingers crossed, I’m sure,” says Executive Director Myron Wilkins.
Fox 8 followed the truck on a morning route in May. When Food Lion learned about GUM’s truck woes, the corporate office immediately pledged $2,500 — the first gift toward the approximately $30,000 needed to upgrade to a larger truck with a lift gate and proper dock height. Life is better with The Lion!
Two individual donors each pledged $1,000 toward the new truck fund. A good truck is essential to pick up fresh foods from grocery stores and get those items into the hands of those who are struggling with lack of adequate food. Food Lion, for example, donates fresh meat and produce from several area stores each day.
GUM will gratefully accept gifts toward the new truck purchase through the fall.