Fundraiser supports Kent Food Bank for families in need

Torklift Central Hosts 6th Annual Turkey ChallengeTorklift Central kicked off its Annual Kent Turkey Challenge this week to raise money and collect food for Kent families in need. This is the sixth year for the fundraiser. The company’s goal for this year’s event is to raise $25,000 and 10,000 pounds of food for the Kent Food Bank.

Torklift Central challenges local businesses, organizations, schools and members of the Kent community to see who can raise the most money and collect the most food for the food bank.

“This is what we have to do as a community. It’s important that we take care of each other,” said Torklift Central owner Jack Kay in a press release. “The time when neighbors helped neighbors isn’t gone. This is happening right now. We can all help make sure that our Kent families have a memorable meal for Thanksgiving. We have an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Now through Nov. 14, 2016, anyone can go into a participating business and donate canned goods in their donation bins or purchase a paper turkey with their name on it for $10 to be displayed in that particular business. One hundred percent of all donations received go to the Kent Food Bank.

“Over the span of the event, Kent business owners and organizations have raised just about $81,000 and 25,000 pounds of food,” Kay said. “Thousands of people have been helped.”

Recently, Torklift Central was recognized by 9th District Rep. Adam Smith for hosting the Kent Turkey Challenge and each year the Kent City Council proclaims the Kent Turkey Challenge as a necessary event to help the community during an official city council meeting.

In addition to collecting donations for the food bank, participating businesses will also be hosting a Turkey Challenge Coloring Contest for children of all ages. To sign up for the Kent Turkey Challenge or to give online, visit

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