Capital Area Food Bank raising funds for new $20M facility

Sep 22, 2014
Austin Business Journal

HEB LLC, the Moody Foundation and Howard and Mary Yancy have each donated $1 million toward the Capital Area Food Bank’s $10 million capital campaign. That money will be put toward the nonprofit’s proposed $20 million facility at the corner of Metropolis Drive and Burleson Road in southeast Austin

The 135,000-square-foot facility will help the nonprofit meet growing demand for its services as Austin’s population continues to grow, with the ability to distribute 60 million pounds of food per year when it is complete. The food bank has already raised half of the money for the project and the new donations are part of its “10x10 Campaign” to raised the remaining funds in a 10-month period

The new facility will double the square footage of the nonprofit’s current facility, have five times the refrigeration capacity, 15 loading docks, a commercial kitchen and a half-acre teaching garden where families will grow fresh fruits and vegetables

Construction is expected to begin in early 2015. Studio 8 is the architect on the project and Zapalac/Reed Construction is the builder

“This is an important step forward in fighting hunger in our community,” Hank Perret, president and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, said in a statement. “We’ve received significant support and donations for the campaign so far, but we’re going to need everyone to come together to help make a hunger-free community a reality. Hunger is not an individual problem, it is a community problem.”

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