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Community, business donations helped purchase conveyance for Sandy food pantry

COURTESY PHOTO - The Sandy Community Action Center unveiled its new refrigerated van with a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 6. The Sandy Community Action Center put out the call and the community responded. With the help of various donors, the center was recently able to purchase a new refrigerated van to transport donations to the center from area partners. Executive Director Kirsten Pitzer unveiled the van on Friday, Sept. 6.

The total cost of the van was $57,000, and Pitzer told The Post she was grateful for the deal Suburban Auto Group gave the center on that vehicle.

"Suburban Auto is thrilled to be a part of the Community Action Center's new refrigeration Transit delivery van." said Erinn Sowle, general manager at Suburban. "It has been so heartwarming to see the community come together, pitch in, and support such a great cause."

The van will be used daily to retrieve food items from the center's Fresh Alliance partners, including Safeway, Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet, Pizza Hut, 7-Eleven and Starbucks.

The pantry feeds about 250 families a month, providing them with meat, produce, dairy and packaged or dry goods.

"It has been an amazing experience to watch our community come together to support our purchase of this refrigerated van," Pitzer said. "It is very encouraging and exciting to know that our community has such a strong commitment to the mission of the Sandy Action Center. This van will be used to provide food for people right here in our own area, and I could not be more proud."

"This new refrigerated delivery van comes after months of local resident donations, charitable grants and significant financial contributions from local businesses Clackamas County Bank, J Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation, Sandy AMPM, Ever Fresh Fruit Company, Konell Construction and Sandy Suburban," added Mayor Stan Pulliam. "A special shout out to Rolli's Auto Detail and Carroll Signs & Graphic for agreeing to supply and install the marketing wrap on the van. This is why our community is truly wonderful. I dedicate this van to the people of our community of Sandy."


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