Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Embarks on Bold Journey at Williamsport Location
Harrisburg, PA – On Thursday, March 24, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank announced The Bold Journey…Until No One is Hungry Capital Campaign warehouse expansion project at its Williamsport PA location to create a Healthy Food Hub. Increasing demands for food have made this expansion project necessary to support the Food Bank’s Bold Goal strategic initiative of providing access to enough nutritious food to everyone struggling with hunger in central PA by 2025.
“Last year we launched our Bold Goal to provide access to enough nutritious meals for every person struggling with hunger in the 27 counties we serve in ten years,” said Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “In order to meet this goal, we must expand our capacity at our Williamsport location to serve our partner agencies in the northern tier of the state,” said Arthur. “To fund this $3.3 million dollar expansion project to help our neighbors in need, we are asking for both the public and private sector to join us on this journey.”
The Williamsport location of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes food to nearly 250 partner agencies in the counties of Bradford, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank opened its first warehouse in Williamsport in October 2002 and has been in its current facility since December 2009. The expansion will enhance the facility footprint to 30,000 square feet from 17,000 square feet with expanded refrigeration for fresh produce and perishable food, as well as four truck docks. As a Healthy Food Hub, it will have a full training and community kitchen, volunteer area and additional office space. The anticipated completion date is November 2016. Ron Frick of M&T Bank is serving as campaign chair.
Donations to the Bold Journey Capital Campaign can be made online at www.centralpafoodbank,org or by calling 570.321.8023.