Ice System Company 'Lends a Hand' for 'Today'

Scotsman Ice Systems helped NBC’s “Today” show’s Al Roker “Lend a Hand” to one Birmingham charity that provides meals to the hungry. Scotsman donated and installed two new nugget ice machines for The Community Kitchens of Birmingham as part of “Today’s” goodwill road trip, a campaign that surprises small charities around the country with well-deserved donations.

Roker unveiled the donations during the Birmingham stop on “Today’s”10th annual charity tour. In addition to the ice machines, Scotsman dealer Bresco provided steel tables, knives, bowls, and roasting pans.

“Getting involved with ‘Lend a Hand’ to provide much-needed ice machines to The Community Kitchens of Birmingham was an easy decision,” says Mark McClanahan, president, Scotsman Ice Systems. “Helping Community Kitchens provide chilled beverages to the people it serves is an important way we can give back.”

Each year Roker hits the road in a Penske truck for “Lend a Hand,” providing donations to help selected charities improve their communities. “Lend a Hand” began in 2002 as a way to jump-start smaller, lesser-known charities that lost donations as money was shifted to September 11 philanthropic efforts. “Lend a Hand” encourages viewers to give locally and work to improve their own communities.

The Community Kitchens of Birmingham is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding and serving the hungry, homeless, and working poor 365 days a year. For more information, please visit

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