Utah Food Bank launches campaign for more space

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The Utah Food Bank is launching a public campaign hoping to raise $10 million to purchase a new building. It says due to the high demand for food assistance, its current facility being used to store the food, on 1025 S. 700 West, is running out of space.

The food bank is calling this campaign "Hunger: A Case for More Space."

The money raise will be to used to not only purchase an 86,000-square-foot building at 910 W. 3150 South, but complete renovations, purchase equipment and to expand its current capacity to collect and distribute food.

Today the Utah Food Bank Services Board of Directors announced that nearly $6.2 million has already been raised though private donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. Now the Food Bank needs the public's help to raise the additional $3.8 million needed.

Utah Food Bank launches campaign for more space

Jim Pugh, executive director Utah Food Bank Services, says, "Clearly, it's a lot of money to raise, and we know it's a hard time for people to be able to make those kinds of donations, but we feel like this is a long-term investment that we need to be able to meet, so we can meet the needs of those low-income Utahns all over the state that need our support."

He says with this new distribution center, centrally located in the Salt Lake Valley, the food bank will be able to reach out to more of those families.

Utah Food Bank launches campaign for more space

Some of the renovations to the building include installing multiple refrigerators and freezers, new Kids Cafe kitchen and building a new 211 Call Center.

He says, "Right now, we have over 100,000 pounds of fresh and frozen product at an off-site location that we are paying rental costs on because we simply don't have space in our facility to store it. Last year, we had to turn away over 100,000 pounds of food because we didn't have the capacity to store it."

Utah Food Bank Services took possession of the building on Feb. 1 and say construction will begin soon. They anticipate transitioning into the new building sometime this summer.

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