Foodservice equipment manufacturers Hobart, Baxter and Hobart Service donated new commercial equipment to “Today” show weather anchor Al Roker’s “Lend a Hand” charity. Roker presented the equipment to nonprofit hunger organization Community Kitchens of Birmingham, Ala., on June 16.
Hobart donated a slicer, salad dryer, mixer and food processor, and Baxter donated a hybrid convection oven. This equipment will help Community Kitchens increase efficiency and prepare and cook more high-quality, healthy meals for more individuals quicker.
“Hobart and Baxter’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond equipment; the companies also support worthwhile organizations that are making a difference,” said Tom Szafranski, President, ITW Food Equipment Group-Commercial, in a press release. “Providing the Community Kitchens of Birmingham with quality foodservice equipment to help the organization help others is one example of how we support community programs tailored to local needs.”
In its 10th consecutive year, “Lend a Hand” aims to help small charities across the country that work toward improving conditions in their communities. In each city, Roker surprises a charity with trucks full of goods and supplies.
The “Today” show has raised $7 million in donations so far on this year’s trip. This year marks the largest amount of contributions ever for the “Lend a Hand” campaign.