Midwest Food Bank expanding facility in PTC
This is presently how Midwest Food Bank loads and unloads trailers. Plans are under way to build a permanent staging building featuring two loading docks. (Special photo)

Midwest Food Bank expanding facility in PTC

This is presently how Midwest Food Bank loads and unloads trailers. Plans are under way to build a permanent staging building featuring two loading docks. (Special photo)
This is presently how Midwest Food Bank loads and unloads trailers. Plans are under way to build a permanent staging building featuring two loading docks. (Special photo)

To meet the needs of the hungry, the Midwest Food Bank Georgia Division is increasing its capacity to serve by building a loading dock and expanding its warehouse size by nearly 5,000 sq. ft.  Last year, over 200 semi-trailers were unloaded without the benefit of a loading dock. This limits the amount of product they can effectively and efficiently receive, store and distribute.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 a.m. at Midwest Food Bank, 220 Parkade Court, Peachtree City.  The cost estimate for the project is $750,000. Midwest Food Bank is stepping out in faith with this expansion, trusting the community to provide the financial support needed to finish the project.

Midwest Food Bank began operations in 2003 on a farm in rural Bloomington, Illinois. Since then, Midwest Food Bank has expanded to seven locations in four states, and Nairobi, Kenya. The mission has remain unchanged: To alleviate hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to the recipients. Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, has listed Midwest Food Bank in the top one percent of all charities in the United States.

In Oct. 2011, Midwest Food Bank opened the Georgia Division in Peachtree City.  That first month they served nine local food pantries and distributed 545 cases of food.  In July, 251 nonprofit organizations from 43 counties in 4 states will receive products from the Peachtree City warehouse. An average of $1 million dollars of food is expected to be given away each month in 2016. Unfortunately, there are still over 40 nonprofit organizations on the ever growing waiting list. The addition of a loading dock and increased warehouse space is a must in order to better serve people in need throughout this region.

To learn more about Midwest Food Bank, or to make a donation to the building fund, visit peachtree.midwestfoodbank.org.