DALLAS - TBM is stepping up to help feed the students of Alto Independent School district for the remainder of their school year due to extensive damage of the school’s cafeteria. TBM will set up a Field Kitchen and train the school’s kitchen staff how to use it.

The setup and training will begin Tuesday morning, April 23. The Alto ISD staff should be ready to cook for students beginning Wednesday morning, April 24.

TBM is offering this additional assistance after tornadoes caused substantial damage to the Alto ISD campus of elementary through high school. Hardest hit was the high school which housed the kitchen. “We are committed to helping the community hit by the recent tornadoes,” Rand Jenkins, spokesperson, said.

In the Field Kitchen TBM is providing, there will be several items familiar with the cooking staff to ease the burden. The equipment includes four convection ovens, two tilt skillets, one tilt steam kettle, two warming racks, one instant hot water heater, three wash tanks with stands, 10 Cambros (for keeping food hot), extension cords, LP gas plumbing, a 35-foot trailer for dry storage and a 40x40 tent under which to cook for the children of Alto ISD.

As of end of day Friday TBM has been provided 5,613 volunteer hours, 1,773 meals, 162 heavy equipment hours, 426 showers, 176 loads of laundry, 794 boxes for packing, 880 containers of purified water, and 43 chainsaw jobs for the people of Alto and Franklin.

For information and interviews, please contact Rand Jenkins (214.546.3087 - mobile) who will be onsite April 23.

TBM is based in Dallas and responds around the state, nation, and world to disasters while carrying a message of love and hope as volunteers help people rebuild their lives.