Needs can be met where the people are, or programs can be located where they are convenient. Adams Industries did what they didn’t know they could, and will be part of helping people in need because of it.
A custom food trailer wowed clients during its unveiling Tuesday morning. The trailer was custom-built by Adams Industries for Food Bank of Lincoln.
“It’s an honor,” Michaella Kumke, President/CEO Food Bank of Lincoln, said today.
She said earlier this morning the goal is to create an environment where people felt dignified when receiving food assistance. She said the mobile food pantry will serve “thousands” of people in eastern Nebraska. She said Brian Booe, engineer in charge of the project, from the Adams Industries side, is like bringing the project full circle; he is originally from Lincoln.
The trailer will be named “Home Town Fresh,” and still some detailing and staff training before it is ready to serve the Lincoln area public.
Adams Industries designed and built mobile food trailers for Table of Grace and Food Bank of Lincoln according to the needs of each client.
“There’s no part of this trailer that was not touched,” Booe said.
“It is absolutely overwhelming to arrive here in Sidney this morning and get the full look at ‘Home Town Fresh’ in this form,” Kumke said.
She said the generosity is deeper than financing the trailer. It is the commitment of countless hours to see the project come to reality.
The trailer is designed with commercial refrigerators and freezers, and shelves for dry goods. The trailer is also wheelchair accessible; the walkway between appliances is wide enough to accommodate most wheelchairs.
The first was delivered in May of this year to Table of Grace in Sidney. The Table of Grace trailer was built to take food, and meals in response to nearby emergencies, to people who in need.
The mobile food pantry for Food Bank of Lincoln, as with Table of Grace, is funded by Sandhills Publishing.
“We were approached by Sandhills, after Sandhills went looking for someone to build mobile food pantries for Sidney and Lincoln,” Booe said.
Jim Hanson, Community Outreach director for Sandhills, contacted Adams with the concept. The Adams management and staff accepted the challenge and rolled out two trailers custom to each agency’s need.
The trailer is 36-feet long and weighs in at 11,000 lbs. before it is stocked, and has a tongue weight of more than 3,000 lbs.