Too much produce has been an issue for the food bank over the last few years. The issue is that the warehouse has no place to store the produce being donated before it goes bad. But the food bank has made plans for an expansion.
Within the next year, the bank will add a 4,000-square-foot produce cooler that’s big enough to hold three transfer truckloads of fresh fruit and vegetables. Hopefully, it'll be able to keep all donations within the next year.
"This is critical and can be a frustrating thing, especially when there are people willing to donate and to give, but if you don't have the space, the adequate space to house that, sometimes you have to turn them away,” said Sam Montanez, director of the CDC Food Pantry.
Not only does this mean more families will be helped and given food, but the quality of that food is also going to go up.
Construction begins in the next two weeks, and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank hopes to have its new complex finished by July of 2015.