March 13, 2018 06:42 PM
The largest hunger relief organization in Minnesota said they need a larger distribution center to ensure more food reaches hungry Minnesotans in every corner of the state.
Representatives of Second Harvest Heartland went before the House Capital Investment Committee Tuesday afternoon and requested $18 million from the state. The money would go toward furnishing a new facility in Brooklyn Park.
"Second Harvest Heartland through the support of our donors and from some debt, frankly, was able to secure the building, but to be able to make it work, to be able to refurbish it and get the kind of things we need to fight hunger, we need the state to help," explained CEO Rob Zeaske.
He added that Second Harvest has actually had to turn down some donations because they don't have space for the food.
"We've outgrown our facility that we've been in for 30 years, and not only have we outgrown it in size, but we've also changed from boxes and cans and that shelf-stable stuff to fresh foods," Zeaske said. "And our ability to move that is really our future."
Every lawmaker who spoke Tuesday expressed some degree of support for the new facility, which if fully funded could open as early as the fall of 2019.
Updated: March 13, 2018 06:42 PM
Created: March 13, 2018 05:29 PM
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