We have exciting news to share about the Food Bank of Central Louisiana's from Hunger to Hope capital campaign. We completed phase I of the project, and we moved into the Food Bank's new Client Services Center on July 1. We are so pleased to be able to provide a more comfortable and secure setting to serve Food Bank clients, as well as a more suitable office and work space for our staff.
The renovations have begun on the building that the Food Bank purchased to become the Food Resource Center (phase II). This building will be utilized as the Food Bank's production area, providing adequate space for volunteers to serve in packing of food boxes, backpacks, etc. These food boxes will then be distributed directly to families that come to the Food Bank for emergency food assistance.
Phase III of the project, the renovation of the main distribution center, is tentatively set to begin the first quarter of 2017. The first component will be the demolition of the existing freezer and cooler units, and the repurposing of the two existing compressors and condenser units. The area that is currently utilized for packing operations will be disassembled in preparation for the cooler units.
The end result of these projects is that the Food Bank will have a greater capacity to serve needy families here in central Louisiana. The Food Bank will be able to provide more healthy food to those we serve because the development of these tools that will ensure more perishable food is stored safely.
We live in a community that supports the Food Bank in its mission to alleviate hunger. The capital campaign is an example of this commitment. The Food Bank has some truly amazing partner that give operating support throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support of our organization and mission.