HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Facing Hunger Food Bank is on the search for a new delivery van after its original van was totaled in an accident on 7th Avenue in Huntington.
According to the food bank's director, Cyndi Kirkhart, the van was rear-ended by a pizza delivery driver.
Kirkhart says, with limited parking at the food bank, they were forced to use street parking for the van – a problem many on 7th Avenue have.
She says the cost to fix the vehicle would be more than the 2002 van is worth, therefore the food bank's insurance agency totaled the vehicle.
The van served 17 counties in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio, mainly delivering food to schools taking part in the take-home backpack program. In total, the food bank supports 116,000 people across the tristate.
With 5,000 square miles of roads to cover, the food bank still uses a box truck and a smaller van to make deliveries, but with even one van down, keeping up with the volume of deliveries is challenging.
“Realistically, we are not only challenged with finding a van, but our building is past capacity with storing food,” said Kirkhart. “We need to get the food out efficiently and timely.”
Although being without the van has been a challenge, they say no person that normally is delivered food has been left out. Instead, they are now using their box truck and smaller van even more.
Kirkhart says several people have already reached out in hopes of helping – many with connections to a new possible van for the department to use.