Fundraising goal met for new Clark County Food Bank HQ

first_imgNext year’s Walk & Knock donations may well pass through an impressive new warehouse facility before heading on to local food banks and, finally, hungry people’s homes.The Clark County Food Bank crossed a fundraising finish line in time to score a hoped-for additional infusion of cash from the Washington Legislature. With a grand total of more than $4.2 million now in hand, the food bank is ready to built a new headquarters and distribution center in Minnehaha.“We made it,” said development officer Greg Flakus, breathing a definite sigh of relief. “It’s an amazing story of how a community can get together.”The new property is 2.09 acres at the corner of Northeast 47th Avenue and 68th Drive, in the Cold Creek Industrial Park. The food bank plans to build a 22,000-square-foot warehouse, distribution center and headquarters that includes enough space to store large shipments of food, as well as built-in refrigeration, offices and meeting space.The current leased warehouse, farther north in Hazel Dell, has none of those things. It’s 8,000 square feet — not including outside storage containers that were donated almost 20 years ago as a “temporary solution,” Flakus said. Those containers aren’t big enough to accommodate forklifts and are hard to use in bad weather, Flakus said.last_img read more