Second Harvest Food Bank Breaks Ground On New 100,000 SF Center

Jun 04, 2012 No Comments by

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida broke ground May 30 for its new $15 million, 100,000-square-foot distribution center and headquarters in Orlando.

The new facility will be located near Old Winter Garden Road and Mercy Drive and the nonprofit hopes the new facility will be completed by the end of December 2012. Baker Barrios Architects designed the new facility.

“It’s a central location both for the delivery of the food to this facility and for the distribution of food out of the facility to our partner agencies,” said Greg Higgerson, vice president of development for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “The increased space is what we need.” The organization set a goal of raising $15 million for the new facility, which will allow them to provide 622 million pounds of food over 20 years, according to the organization’s website.

Last year, the organization had 33 million pounds of food distributed – an all time record high. “It’s the limit of what we can do in our present facility,” Higgerson said. “Over time, in the next 20 years we’ll be able to put out enough food that will have a wholesale value of $1.4 billion.”

Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of the organization, said the new facility will not only help meet the needs of the community, but provide job opportunities as well. “Once the facility is done, we are going to launch a new program, Darden Community Kitchen,” Krepcho said. “It is a 2,000-square-foot commercial kitchen that will be producing hundreds of thousands of meals every year and we will be providing job skill training to either kids aging out of the foster systems or people at one of our partner programs that want that second chance to turn their lives around.”

Source: OBJ

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