Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Washington County Food Bank Will Have a New, Bigger Home

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Washington County Food Bank Will Have a New, Bigger Home

Article excerpt

After a five-year search, the Greater Washington County Food Bank has found a new, bigger home - the former Country Fresh Market on Route 40 in Centerville - and plans to move there in September.

"With twice the amount of space in the new location, we can grow our fresh produce program, provide on-site nutrition and food preparation programs, and ultimately distribute more food to those we serve," said Peg Wilson, chairwoman of the food bank board.

With added cooler and freezer space, the new location will allow the food bank to distribute more fresh produce and meat.

"Our move in September will not affect our usual food distribution to pantries that month," said Kelly Backo of Bethel Park, donor relations coordinator, "although some of the distribution points will be farther away from the previous location and result in an increase in expenditures for gas."

The food bank - which distributes food to 14,000 individuals each month through 44 pantries across the county - found the site in February and last month closed on the purchase of the 24,500-square- foot facility for $1.1 million.

"Our board of directors has been looking at several sites for a while, but for whatever reason, a new building purchase failed to materialize," Ms. Backo said.

For at least 15 years, the food bank, which was founded in 1982 and attained nonprofit status in 1998, has rented a smaller building that included a 9,400-square-foot warehouse in Eighty-Four, but it has outgrown the facility. Another plus of the new site is that it has four bays for truck deliveries as opposed to only one at the old site.

The food bank received $250,000 from the Local Share Account Program administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County, according to Connie Burd, executive director from Waynesburg. The nonprofit also took out an $850,000 loan to help finance the building purchase.

A portion of another $500,000 reimbursement grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program administered by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget will be used to renovate and readapt the new building.

"We've already contracted with an engineer and designer to retrofit the building and hope to have everything completed before our move in September," Mrs. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.