Grand opening date set for new food bank

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Central and Eastern North Carolina food bank is getting a new home. The grand opening of the new facility, which will be called the nCino Hunger Solution Center, will take place on Thursday, February 24 at 1:30 p.m.

The five-acre lot is located at 1000 Greenfield St. The property was purchased by the food bank in 2020 and was the first step in addressing urgent food insecurity in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

The new 35,000 square foot facility will provide the infrastructure and space needed to reach more people in the Cape Fear area.

“Insufficient space is one of our biggest barriers to accessing food for more of our friends and neighbors,” said Beth Gaglione, Wilmington branch manager for the food bank. “The grand opening and start of construction of the new facility brings us one step closer to feeding more people and expanding our work to find solutions to end hunger.”

The new facility will accommodate significantly more dry foods and provide 80% more freezer and refrigeration space, which will significantly increase the distribution of fresh and healthy foods such as fresh produce, meat and dairy.

Improved accommodations and building access will better serve the leaders of the more than 100 partner agencies that distribute essential food and non-food items received from the Wilmington Food Bank.

Plans for the new site will also include expanded workforce development and health education programs, a community garden, and access to fresh, healthy food for nearby residents.

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