State College Food Bank is Leaving Cramped Quarters and Moving to New Home
After struggling for years to get a big job done in a too small building, the State College Food Bank will be moving to a larger home.
The food bank is well-known for its work to provide emergency food assistance to area families.
According to its website, the food bank helps roughly 2,200 people every year.
The organization has been operating out of a building at 276 W. Hamilton Avenue which is located in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center.
That facility has simply run out of space which is not surprising when you consider the number of clients, the large quantities of food involved and the scores of volunteers who make it all happen.
Officials at the food bank say the size and layout made receiving, storing and handling food supplies "extremely difficult."
As a result, the non-profit group just bought a building at 1321 South Atherton Street, which used to house Paul and Tony's Stereo. That business has moved into an adjoining building.
Carol Pioli, the food bank's executive director says in a news release, "The new building will allow us to better serve our community, update our method of service ... implement new community programs and provide clients fresher and healthier foods."
But the Food Bank won't be moving into its new digs for awhile yet. The new facility needs to updated to accommodate the organization's needs. The upcoming holiday season is traditionally the busiest time of the year for food pantries, so the staff has decided to delay the move until next year. They hope to begin using the new building sometime next spring.
The food bank helps people in State College and seven surrounding townships -- plus it provides assistance to a network of food pantries and non-profit agencies in the area.
Karen Kuebler is president of the food bank's board of directors. Kuebler says, "After years of searching for a property that meets our needs, this purchase will allow us to realize our mission to better serve our community in order to ensure that no one goes hungry in Centre County."
StateCollege.com's managing editor, Steve Bauer, serves on the board of directors for the State College Food Bank.
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