Food pantry gets new ramp
Harvesting Hope manager Victoria Murphy and volunteer Barb Satterly look on as a new ramp is built at the backdoor entrance. The concrete, donated by Concrete Materials, is being settled by, from left, Buddy Wilson, Ronnie Burger and Tom Johnson. (Lindsay Kriz/Lindsay.Kriz@wku.edu / August 1, 2012)
“With the numbers, 612 people ... they go with the buggies and their food out the back door,”¿said Victoria Murphy, manager of Harvesting Hope. “We’re looking at 2,000 feet every month using that ramp ... so we figured out it’d be cheaper to just concrete it.”
So on Monday, three volunteers from Pleasant Run Baptist Church, Ronnie Burger, Tom Johnson, and Buddy Wilson, came to the facility at 1 p.m. to wait for the cement truck, provided by Concrete Materials.
Barb Satterly, a volunteer at Harvesting Hope, also watched the concrete being poured.
“I would say if you were hiring someone to do what they’ve done, I¿don’t want to even guesstimate how many of hundreds of dollars it would cost to do this,”¿she said. “They’re doing this just out of the goodness of their heart.”
The men took about two hours pouring, spreading and smoothing out the slushy concrete into a presentable shape.
The ramp is said to be complete and ready to use today or tomorrow, with rails being added and the boards holding the concrete together being removed.