Second Harvest Heartland receives full state support for new facility
When you’re putting racks over your truck dock doors because your floor-to-ceiling shelves are full…it’s a sign you need more space! At least it is when you’re a food bank and you need thousands of square feet to store and package millions of pounds of food a year. By 2016, nearly 30 years after moving into our Maplewood warehouse, we said, “enough is enough” and launched a capital campaign to buy and renovate a space that would not only fit more food but work better as a 21st century food bank.
Given that we touch every county in the state, either directly in partnership with food shelves and meal programs or by delivering food to other food banks, we asked the state to support half of the cost of our new distribution center through bonding.
Today, we are thrilled to announce that both the Senate and the House voted on a new bonding bill, which includes Second Harvest Heartland’s full request for $18 million in state bonding to buy and renovate our new Brooklyn Park facility. It’s now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.
Because of this investment, we will move ahead this year with full renovation for our new distribution center. The goal is to finish our new facility in early 2020.
With state bonding dollars and the investment of many generous Minnesota families, foundations and corporations, we will generate an additional 68 million meals more effectively.
We want to thank our supporters for all they did to reach out to their Senators and Representatives to let them know how important this issue is. We know we couldn’t have reached this point without the tremendous support of our donors, community partners and legislative leaders who understand that if you’re hungry, you can’t be healthy.
We are excited for a future where our neighbors have more access to fresh, healthy food.
Stay tuned for more updates about our wonderful new building, and in the meantime, come check out the space in Brooklyn Park and join us on our journey to getting more healthy food to more people.