CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen in Chicopee received a much needed donation Tuesday and it wasn’t food.
These are the wheels that will provide meals to those in need in Chicopee.
The van previously used by Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen in Chicopee had reached its final miles and for the past few months, transporting people to a hot meal became difficult.
That’s where the PVTA stepped in and donated one of the vans from their fleet.
“We just don’t have the financial means to purchase something like this, so having PVTA donate this van and us having this capability of going up the center and picking up people to bring them here for a hot meal is really quite important,” says Kim Goulette from Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen.
The 7-year-old van was too old for the PVTA, but instead of letting it sit idly by, they reached out to Lorraine’s.
“We get our funding primarily from the federal government for these vehicles, so we have to make sure that they reach what we call the ‘end of their useful life’ and as we know, that’s not the case with this vehicle, but it is is as far as far as PVTA is concerned,” adds PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes.
Last year, Lorraine’s distributed over 400,000 of food to Chicopee residents, turning $40 donations into meals that will feed a family of three for a week.
Chicopee Mayor Mike Bissonette said Tuesday’s donation was critical in keeping that lifeline active. “When we moved and relocated the new soup kitchen down here, but with all volunteer labor and land donated by Callaway, we made a commitment that we would provide transportation,” he explains.
This was the second van donated to Lorraine’s by the PVTA.