UPDATE: An officer with the Fife Police Department spotted the stolen truck in a warehouse parking lot and helped return it to Lighthouse Storehouse Friday morning, the non-profit said.
The previous story is below:
FIFE, Wash. - Someone stole the only working truck a small nonprofit food bank uses to feed hundreds of people in Pierce County.
"It just breaks my heart to know that this might stop somebody from getting what they need," said Ken Banks, director of Lighthouse Storehouse in Fife.
Banks said he was preparing to pick up much-needed donations Thursday morning when he discovered his organization’s box truck was missing.
Lighthouse Storehouse uses the truck to haul pallets of produce, bread, milk, and pantry staples to their donation center, where demand for pre-packed boxes of food has more than doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Banks said.
He reported the crime to police, but now Banks and his team are trying to figure out how they'll keep feeding roughly 1,500 people each week.
"Now we're down to maybe a third of what we can pick up at one time," he said.
"I just pray that (the thief) gets the message and says, 'wait a minute, whatever I was getting ready to do, I'll return it,' if not, God bless you," Banks said.