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Food Bank for the Heartland has opened their new facility

  • The video shows the Food Bank for the Heartland opening their new facility and neighbors and volunteers socializing.
  • The new facility is expected to be completed between early 2025 and late 2026.
  • The new facility near S 84th and L streets will include multiple loading docks and parking, office space, a community room, work cafe, a distribution center, a volunteer center and a volunteer orientation space.

BROADCAST TRANSCRIPT:

The Food Bank of the Heartland’s new location will be at 84th and L. The President and CEO of the Food Bank for the Heartland welcomed the community to announce the next steps for the organization.

“To find and strengthen this space … but I’m excited to sit here … and commemorate this vital step in the history of food banks and, more importantly, the communities we serve,” said Brian Barks, Food’s President and CEO. bank for Heartland.

Barks says the heart has one primary goal.

“Our mission is to eliminate hunger in the heart by providing consistent access to healthy food through community partnerships, which is essential,” Barks said.

The food bank’s new location represents a 90 percent increase in space over its current location. The new facility will include multiple loading docks and parking, office space, a community room, work cafe, a distribution center, a volunteer center and a volunteer orientation space. The expansion addresses the severity of hunger in all 93 counties that the Food Bank for the Heartland serves. Mayor Jean Stothert says the expansion comes at a critical time.

“There has never been a greater need and a more appropriate time than this monumental jury in the fight against hunger,” Stothert said.

Stothert went on to say he encourages all neighbors to get involved in any way they can.

David Mathis and his wife have been volunteering at the food bank for half the year. He says he’s excited about the expansion for several reasons.

“I love it at the food bank because the people you work with … the volunteer organizers are great people … you do good and meaningful work … you’re not just standing around,” Mathis said.