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March 17, 2014 by  
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 Mellon Certified Restoration Steps Up to Help Out!

After 25 years of providing meals for thousands of hungry members of the community at Channels Food Rescue, the cooking equipment, storage, and prep areas vital to operations were ready for a facelift. Finding it difficult to find a contractor willing to just provide an estimate, Mellon Certified Restoration stepped up to deliver much more than just an estimate!

In existence since June 1989, Channels Food Rescue provides and delivers meals to thousands of families in our community. This alone makes them worthy of accolades, but combined with their six other community programs including a culinary training certificate program for low income persons and a food delivery program that delivers over one million pounds of donated food each year this organization is truly making strong strides toward their goal of alleviating hunger in Central Pennsylvania. Upon meeting with Channels Food Rescue our Regional Manager Ryan Straley was thoroughly impressed with the impact this organization was having on the community. Scott Kelly, Director of Operations says, “Our volunteers, students, and staff work tirelessly to feed local families and ensure all excess food available is utilized by someone in need. Our facilities showed the wear and tear of that dedication and we needed to find an organization willing to be a partner in restoring our equipment to look brand new again.”

Moved by their dedication, Ryan met with the Harrisburg Branch Manager Matt Vincent to discuss the possibility of performing the work at no cost. Recognizing an incredible local organization in need, the pair set to work coordinating the materials, tools and manpower we would need to complete the job.  Reaching out to our many local connections Mellon’s long time partners, United Rentals and Valspar Paint offered to donate a heated power washer, commercial grade paint, and epoxy flooring. Armed with materials to get the job done Greg Motter, a Property Loss Specialist, took up the cause to rally the manpower. Securing volunteers from our Harrisburg branch including Brent Lesperance (Production Manager), Adrienne Lageman (Claims Coordinator), several of our field staff and friends at Covenant Motorcycle Ministries we had ready a small army of eager volunteers! Power washing the commercial cooking equipment, cleaning the stainless steel food preparation area and scouring the kitchen floors took two very full days. We returned the following week to install the epoxy floor and present a sparkling, completed project to a very grateful Channels Food Rescue staff.

Executive Director Vicki DiSylvester expressed the value of their partnership with Mellon Certified Restoration, “Mellon Certified Restoration’s involvement in our organization will provide an impact in this community far beyond the walls of our kitchen. The transformation of the kitchen truly reinvigorated our students and staff with a renewed dedication to accomplishing our mission of alleviating hunger in Central PA. As our partners they have proven themselves to be the excellent stewards of the community they are known to be. We are very grateful for the compassion and generosity of the company, their vendors, and most of all their employees.”

 

 

 

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