To assist those in the community and on the front lines, Mack Trucks recently made donations to Lehigh Valley organizations fighting food insecurity and providing critical health care services amid the coronavirus pandemic.
All Mack models for North America and export are assembled at Mack’s Lehigh Valley operations in Macungie PA.
Mack Trucks donated $10,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania to help those with food insecurity, and also donated much-needed medical supplies, including masks, gloves, safety goggles and personal protective equipment (PPE), to St. Luke’s Hospital, Success Rehabilitation and Maxim Healthcare Services.
“Mack recognizes the importance of doing what we can to support the community we have been a part of for more than a century,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales and marketing. “Food insecurity, as well as the critical need for medical supplies, were identified to be two of the most pressing areas in which we could make a positive impact, so we took action to donate.”
Second Harvest serves 200 agencies in Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties. Its mission is to “obtain food and distribute it to people in need through area non-profits, and to provide resources for education and advocacy to end hunger.” The organization was started in 1982. Second Harvest delivered 9.4 million pounds of food during fiscal year 2018-2019.
“Second Harvest Food Bank and our network of 200 non-profit agencies would like to thank Mack Trucks for its donation,” said Briana McGonagle, development manager for Second Harvest Food Bank. “The funds will go toward providing food to children and families that otherwise could not afford it, and we are pleased that we can extend our services even further as a result of this gift from Mack.”
Mack’s Lehigh Valley facility led the efforts for donations to area medical facilities.
“In this uncertain time, it’s important that we all step up to offer assistance in any way we can,” said Rickard Lundberg, vice president and general manager at the facility. “Mack Trucks is supporting local healthcare facilities through in-kind donations to help protect those working directly with those who are sick, especially patients with COVID-19.”
St. Luke’s is part of the St. Luke’s University Health Network serving 11 counties including Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuykill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.
“St. Luke’s is grateful for Mack Trucks’ donation,” said Sam Kennedy, director of corporate communications for St. Luke’s. “This kind of support helps to keep our healthcare workers safe as they provide care to our community during this time of crisis.”