The food was collected by Latta-Whitlow through an annual program that allowed Topekans to receive a 17-point Safety and Peak Performance Checkup on their furnace in exchange for non-perishable food items for the Topeka Rescue Mission. Latta-Whitlow technicions collected the items at the time of the checkup.
"This has been a very successful program," said Latta-Whitlow President, Gay Stryker. "Customers receive the peace of mind knowing that their heating system is operating safely and at peak performance, and they only pay with food items that benefit the Topeka Rescue Mission."
The safety check is normally $76 but customers could deduct $5 for each canned food or non-perishable item. If the customer furnished 15 cans, the safety check was free. Latta-Whitlow has provided this service to the community and the Rescue Mission in past years also.
Latta-Whitlow delivered the truckload of contributions to the Rescue Mission warehouse, 401 NW Norris, Thursday morning.