It's moving week at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee in Gray. The food bank provides food for non-profit charities and food banks across eight counties in Northeast Tennessee.
With the greater need for food assistance in our area comes the need for a larger space. "The exciting part is that we will be able to provide food and programs, so when we looked strategically at this building, we really wanted to have a facility that would be able to operate out of for many years to come," said Rhonda Chafin, the executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.
The facility is the old Sam's Club off of Airport Drive in Kingsport.
For the past six weeks workers like Dale Moore have been hard at work putting the final touches on the warehouse. "I really got to see firsthand what this facility means and to the community and the people here who really have needs. It's different from any job I've ever worked," said Moore.
We asked Chaffin tell us the numbers so we could see just how big this move is for them and the community. She tells News 5 that the new facility is four times the size of the current warehouse and it will hold 1.5 million pounds of food; that will allow them to provide food for 74,000 people every month. "That's our reason for moving here, so that we can close the gap on hunger," said Chafin.
The official first day in the new facility is Monday.
BChafin tells News 5 that it took more than $1.3 million to turn the shopping center into a food bank.