SPOKANE, Wash. – In addition to the 350,000 meals a year Union Gospel serves up in Spokane, it also supplies food to 37 food banks across the Inland Northwest.
Refrigeration for that food is essential, but it took a donation from Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies to make it possible.
Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies recently converted its pie delivery business from fresh to frozen and in the transition realized it had an extra truck. On Tuesday, Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies handed over the keys to the Union Gospel Mission.
“We’ll get more donations because of this truck, because the businesses that give us food, they require that refrigeration,” Union Gospel Mission Food Services Director Russell MacKenzie said.
MacKenzie said the food that Union Gospel Mission transports comes from the secondary food market, so it needs as much care as it can get.
Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies President Dennis Dipo said the decision to donate the truck didn’t take long.
“It was pretty short,” Dipo said. “My business partners discussed it and we came to the conclusion pretty quickly and we’re grateful to give back to the community and we feel like we’re doing that through this donation.”
Union Gospel Mission estimates the truck will provide a 10 percent increase in food donations.