The Food Basket receives new forklifts, pallet jacks

A replacement for this old, nonfunctional forklift arrived at The Food Basket because of a generous donation from LGA Family Foundation. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today File Photo)
Duane Pajimola of The Food Basket distributes gratitude bags to those attending the new forklift blessing on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The Food Basket Kona Operations Manager Marshall Akamu talks about what it means to receive the donated forklift and pallet jack at Wednesday’s blessing. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Pastor Mathew Torres, right, blesses The Food Basket employees Marshall Akamu, Duane Pajimola and Robert Becklund, operators of the new forklift gifted to the island’s lone food bank. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The Food Basket Executive Director Kristin Frost Albrecht thanks those responsible for the donated forklifts and pallet jacks at Wednesday's blessing. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Robert Becklund uses the new pallet jack to unload a refrigerated truck Wednesday morning at The Food Basket warehouse in Kailua-Kona. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — They came at the right time.