Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, Florida is introducing a new $15 million, 100,000-square-foot distribution center to be built at the intersection of Mercy Drive and Old Winter Garden Road. Amazingly, this new bank will provide food for 55,000 Central Floridians weekly. Dave Krepcho, the current president of Second Harvest Food Bank stated that, “Food pantries and shelters have seen 100 percent to 400 percent increase.” Usually the food banks are left to turn away tons of food due to inadequate space. This will no longer be a problem; hence the size of the new facility. The new building will feature 113% more dry storage capacity, 440% increase in refrigerated capacity, nine in-bound dock doors, including three cool dock doors and a dedicated volunteer area for groups of 100+ to sort food for families in need and school food packs for kids. The new facility is scheduled to be completed and open to the community in early 2013. To learn more about the “Building Solutions to Hunger” campaign visit www.showmercynow.org or call 407-295-5009, ext. 21.
- Gamil Cyrus