• MH Equipment, Nebraska National Guard Work Together to Help Local Food Bank


    Local material handling equipment company, National Guard to have a friendly competition on May 15

    On May 15, employees from MH Equipment, a material handling equipment dealer, plan to go head-to-head with members of the National Guard in a friendly competition for a good cause. This competition is a race against the clock to break the record of packaging and loading 30,000 pounds of food in one day for Food Bank for the Heartland.

    Since early April, a few employees from the MH Equipment Omaha branch have been helping package, palletize, and load food into trucks for delivery to local food drives.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic, MH Equipment recognized two needs: The need for less-demanded departments to continue working, and the need to support local food systems. With the help of the company-funded His First Foundation charitable program, MH Equipment is able to pay employees who would otherwise be without work to give back to their communities.

    “One of the pillars of MH Equipment is ‘People Matter,’” said John Wieland, MH Equipment CEO. “Our employees have worked hard over the years to build a successful company, and it is only natural for the company to stand by our employees during this unique economy. The current climate was a perfect way to bring these two beliefs together — keeping our employees fully employed, and serving our communities.”

    This volunteer effort comes at a necessary time, as food banks across the nation are facing volunteer and donation shortages, as well as skyrocketing numbers of families and individuals experiencing hardship and relying on this food being accessible.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting us all,” said Brian Barks, President, and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. “But for thousands of our food-insecure neighbors across Nebraska and western Iowa, this is an especially scary time. The need for emergency meals is greater than ever while food donations are down by nearly 50 percent. We estimate the number of clients being served has increased by 38 percent compared to a year ago.”

    Despite the hardship and uncertainty of these unique times, MH’s volunteers wanted to bring a light-hearted, competitive spirit to their volunteer work after serving with a group from the National Guard one day – as a group, it was discovered they broke every record at the Food Bank for the Heartland for packaging and palletizing food in a single day.

    Now, both the Guard and MH Equipment want to see what impact they can make when they go head-to-head with one another against the clock on May 15.

    “We are grateful for the support,” Barks said. “[This work is] impacting the Food Bank’s operations and helping Heartland children, families, and seniors in need.”

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