River City Food Bank Gets a New Home

River City Food Bank Gets a New Home

by Eileen Thomas, Executive Director of the River City Food Bank

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the River City Food Bank was able to purchase a building without debt. When we counted the donations that spontaneously flowed in between October and January, it matched almost exactly the price we were able to negotiate with the seller. And the new building, 1800 28th Street, formerly owned by the Agency for Hearing, fit our criteria perfectly:

- Within Midtown, where many people count on us and where we have enjoyed an excellent relationship with neighbors. The new site is less than half a mile from our old location.

- Very close to light rail and bus lines; in fact, it's on the R Street corridor, which is a critical arterial for public transit.

- At 3,300 square feet, it's big enough to serve our clients with dignity, and to store food appropriately.

- A basic kitchen, which has the potential to be transformed into a small classroom for our nutritional education programs.

- Some parking for staff and daily volunteers.

- As an added bonus, bright skylights that bring in lots of light to the central two-story area.

We closed escrow on May 24 and received keys to the building on Thursday, May 26. While we were able to secure the building with cash on hand, we will need support to modify it to meet our needs.  

For more information about the River City Food Bank, visit: www.rivercityfoodbank.org.

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