On July 1, 2010, MAFB was asked by Feeding America, our National Food Bank Network, to “adopt” an additional 10 extremely underserved counties into our care- a 40% increase that made us response for 35 of Alabama's 67 counties.
Our distribution rose in tandem with the number of individuals from 14.5 million pounds in 2010 to over 19 million (roughly 630 tractor-trailer loads) in 2011 – a 31% surge. We are projecting that we will surpass 20 million pounds this year, or nearly 77,000 pounds of product PER DAY!
Unfortunately our current warehouse is not large enough to efficiently handle this increase in service in a continuing and growing manner. Too often, our warehouse aisles are clogged, our congested freezers and coolers must be partially emptied to reach needed product, and our volunteer groups are restricted due to the size of the little corner of the existing warehouse that doubles as a volunteer area.
This $2 million capital expansion, along with our existing facility space, will enable MAFB to continue to grow and more efficiently respond to the needs of those we serve. This campaign will add a total of 23,600 sq ft of space, including:
Freezer & Cooler: 4,800 sq ft/90,000 cu ft
Volunteer Service Center: 2,000 sq ft
Offices & Restrooms: 900 sq ft
A 3-Dock Shipping/Receiving area with racking: 15,900 sq ft
We have reached our campaign goal of $2 million! However, please note that MAFB committed $900,000 of operating funds to the campaign. Any additional donations made to the capital campaign at this point will still be used to cover construction and equipment costs in lieu of these operating funds, enabling us to quickly get our distribution up to scale and maximize our efficiency.
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