Remodeled food pantry, new warehouse space to yield 6 million pounds of food!
The Emergency Food Bank completed its expansion project in 2011. In recent years, the EFB's weekly client count has more than doubled. Our dated food pantry and two small warehouses could not meet the needs of the community - particularly in this stagnant economy with almost 20% of our citizens out of work.
The building project, using local contractor Diede Construction, WMB Architects and the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to finish the interior of the building, broke ground in May. Habitat for Humanity volunteers finished the Nutrition Center's interior in June 2011.
The result is an expanded, modernized Food Pantry, allowing the EFB to serve over 450 families and seniors each day. The new 3,000 sq. ft. Nutrition Education Center and admin center will allow a rapid expansion of nutrition classes targeted to families with kids - teaching the wisdom of good nutrition and family meals. It will also feature a 3,000 sq. ft. demo/teaching garden - to show clients how "to grow your own veggies"! Ultimately, 3,000 feet of new warehouse space will allow warehousing of 2.0 million pounds of additional food (annually), yielding approximately 1,600,000 annual meal equivalents for Stockton/San Joaquin's families and seniors.
For more information, contact us at (209) 464-7369.