The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County announced Friday that it has purchased a lot in San Luis Obispo to open a new warehouse and consolidate its two existing facilities located on either end of the county.
Currently, the food bank operates warehouses in Paso Robles and Oceano, a total of roughly 22,000 square feet of storage space.
Local homeless shelters, food pantries and some senior centers go to the warehouses to buy less expensive food to distribute among the county’s low-income population.
Through the warehouses, the coalition distributes about 6 million pounds of food each year.
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The Food Bank is planning special delivery routes and drop off locations to serve its 200 community and agency partners, according to a news release from the organization. The groups will be able to order needed items, which could be packed and delivered to an area near them or picked up directly from the new facility.
The new facility is expected to be complete by mid-2016 on Kendall Road, according to the news release. The warehouse will include loading docks, extra storage capacity, and increased refrigeration capabilities for fresh produce.
Food Bank officials said the new facility will allow them to be centrally located and more efficiently conduct operations throughout the county from a single location.
“The opportunity for us to relocate to a central point in the county and construct a warehouse that is designed to our specific needs is a huge step forward in our growth,” Chief Operations Officer Wendy Lewis said in the news release.
For more information on the Food Bank, go to http://www.slofoodbank.org.