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Northern Neck Food Bank opens new facility

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 2:07 pm

In 2008, a little operation called the Northern Neck Food Bank was launched. Team members would drive to the Central Virginia Food Bank in Richmond, pack as much food as possible into the back of a pickup truck and bring it to the Northern Neck to help local food pantries. That operation is now called Healthy Harvest Food Bank, and last week, the organization cut the ribbon on a new 13,000 square foot facility on Commerce Parkway in Warsaw.

The building has 9,000 square feet of warehouse space with a designated sorting area that will allow better workflow, and there are large two bays in the loading dock area and a third garage door for smaller capacity tasks, such as client pickups.

At the organization’s previous location there was no loading dock, explained Cynthia Balderson, vice president and development director. “You backed the truck in. You unloaded it with the forklift and took the shipment into the warehouse. Now, it’s just a straight shot.”

The new site has a freezer and two refrigerators – one for regular use and one to accommodate produce during gleaning season — providing a total of over 2,000 square feet of cold storage. There’s office space with motion-sensor lighting, and it provides room for future expansion with a state-of-the-art multi-purpose room for meetings, training and educational programs.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 12/11/19

The Northern Neck Food Bank held a ribbon cutting for their new facility.