|SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK BREAKS GROUND WITH LOAN FROM RURAL DEVELOPMENT|
|Thonasville, GA, Dec 12, 2012
@@Second Harvest Food Bank of South Georgia will be celebrating the expansion of their mission to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships that will end hunger in Georgia at a ground breaking and check presentation event on December 13th. The event begins at 11am at the site of their new facility: 120 Roseway Drive, in Thomasville. The new Regional Distribution Center will help provide food and grocery product to more than 300 non-profit organizations in the following counties: Atkinson, Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Cook, Echols, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas, and Ware. They provide more than 8 million pounds of food with a value of over 13.5 million dollars to programs such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters, emergency food pantries, church pantries, battered women’s shelters, youth homes, assisted living facilities, and senior meal programs.
The construction of this center is made possible with a $3,991,500 direct community facilities loan from Rural Development, funds will be used to construct the 95,963 square foot food warehouse/distribution center on 12.88 acres in Thomasville, Georgia, along with the refinancing of $700,000 of existing short-term indebtedness. The new facility will serve 10 economically challenged counties mentioned above and the food bank as a whole will increase its service area to 23 counties.
This facility will be receiving food harvested from over 30 local donors each week. Each year they save an average of 1.5 million pounds of product that would normally be deposited in local landfills. Donations are collected from companies such as Wal-Mart, SAM’S, Harvey’s, and Food Lion, as well as local restaurants, schools, and hospitals. The food is picked up, evaluated, and repackaged for distribution at our warehouse. “These funds will allow the food bank to better serve their communities as they work to ensure that families have food.” said Quinton Robinson, state director.
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