Staff of the Mountaineer Food Bank work with food pantries in 48 of the 55 counties in West Virginia to help tackle hunger for the 275,000 people in the state who need help to be sure they have meals on the table every night. And now, they’ve been given the opportunity to make that job easier.
“The neighboring property owner came to us and said that they were interested in selling the property, and they thought of us because of some of the work that we’re doing and looking at our needs for the future of Mountaineer Food Bank, so we had the opportunity to purchase the adjoining property,” said director Chad Morrison
The board agreed, and that purchase tripled the amount of land the food bank has to expand their operations. It’s an expansion that’s long overdue. Morrison said a lot of food goes in and out of the facility over the course of a year, but the food bank could send more with additional space.
“Our current facility, we’re distributing 16 million pounds of food out of this, and we know that to meet those needs, we’ll probably be in the 25-million-pound arena, and we look at an expansion of the current facility as a possibility for doing what we need to do,” Morrison said.
One of the places they hope to expand is adding refrigerated and freezer space. While there’s plenty of room for canned goods and dry goods in the current facility, Morrison said the food bank isn’t able to capitalize on all the opportunities available around the state.
“We know with different things going on in the economy, that need is going to stay where it is or grow, so the long term plan is we need to expand our facilities to make that work,” said Morrison.