By: Clare Kaley, WBAY Staff
May 7, 2015
A Feeding America food bank is breaking ground on a new $5 million facility in Little Chute.
“In the last fiscal year, we served 377,000 people, about half of them children throughout 36 counties in Eastern Wisconsin,” said President and CEO of Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin, Charles Mclimans.
With the new facility, Feeding America hopes to bring more than food to the area.
“This new facility will be a 40,000 square foot, state of the art facility, that will also have the capacity not just to distribute more food to our hungry neighbors,” said Mclimans, “but it’ll have the capacity for innovation, education and community engagement.”
Another reason for the new warehouse in Little Chute are the empty shelves at the current warehouse in Omro. Organizers say that new location should be able to fill the shelves and bring more food, to more people.
“It’s a very small, inefficient, deficient facility that lacks many things,” said Mclimans, “we’re moving between 800,000 and 900,000 pounds of product through that small facility.”
Gail Habel is the manager at a small pantry in Oshkosh and says this new facility will help their growing needs.
“They’ll have much more food here,” said Habel, “Omro, sometimes was a little lacking, and I toured the Milwaukee facility and I understand this will be more like that.”
They hope to start construction next week and be up and running sometime this fall.