SCHENECTADY — Schenectady Inner City Ministry has a lot to be thankful for this holiday weekend.
Community businesses and organizations chipped in $44,000 to purchase a new van after their previous vehicle was totaled earlier this month.
Donating partners include MVP Health Care, The Schenectady Foundation, Seymour Fox Foundation, Wright Family Foundation, the Little Family Foundation, First Reformed Church and Price Chopper/Market 32.
“It represents a great collaboration of our community,” said Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County President Rev. Dr. Bill Levering.
Officials held a ceremonial "inauguration" on Tuesday.
The van used to transport from clients home from the food pantry was totaled in a wreck in the city’s Mont Pleasant neighborhood last week after another driver ran a stop sign.
Transportation is critical in the food shelf’s operations, shuttling between 15 to 20 households home daily from the pantry’s Albany Street location with their items.
The 2019 Ford Suburban has a diesel engine and seats 12.