The addition will add 30,000 square feet of space to the facility.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Food Bank broke ground on Monday to expand its facility in the heart of the metro. They will add approximately 30,000 square feet to their distribution center.
“The Iowa Food Bank is out of space,” said Michelle Book, CEO of the Iowa Food Bank.
According to Book, the amount of food they distributed has doubled in the past six years. And by 2026, they expect that to triple, reaching nearly £30m.
“May was our biggest month. We weren’t surprised when June of this year surpassed that record, with 135,000 people served,” Book said.
The new space will be used to increase cold and dry storage within the facility, allowing it to hold more food for distribution. This is good news for those who need it. Food pantries that receive donations from the food bank also receive more visitors, many more.
“They’re telling us they’re seeing double the need, triple the need, in some cases quadruple the need, record numbers of people asking for help.”
One in 10 adults in Iowa struggles with hunger, according to the Food Bank of Iowa. One in eight children do the same.
Finding ways to reduce this is a community-wide problem.
“We have a responsibility to make sure our neighbors have adequate nutrition to lead healthy, active lives,” said Hannah Krause, chair of the board of the Food Bank of Iowa.
The distribution center expansion is expected to be completed by June 2023.
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