Donor makes new food bank possible

Donor makes new food bank possible

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 4:44 AM

MERIDIAN -- Dan Clark is the founder of the Meridian Food Bank, and today he's still pinching himself.

That's because his organization just moved into its new headquarters at 133 West Broadway Avenue in Meridian. The amazing part: an anonymous donor shelled-out $650,000 to make the move possible.

Clark says all that new space means a lot more room -- room for freezers, refrigerators, and the big stacks of food that serve the area's growing population of needy families and individuals. Clark says the new building actually has four times the capacity of its previous location.

"We've got 5,000 people a month coming through these doors, that's a lot of people!" Clark told KTVB.

The food bank is now located in a building that previously housed the Meridian Senior Center. The new location stands in striking contrast to the big problem the food bank staff was facing just a few short months ago. That's when the Ada County Highway District announced plans to expand Meridian Road, effectively demolishing the food bank's old building located at 15 East Bower Street.

"It was going to expand right through our building, and we knew it was coming," Clark said, adding that he started looking for a new location right away. "We just started looking, and I started looking and calling people. I did whatever I could to find a place for us to go."

However, with no money, the search was full of hardships. Clark wasn't having much luck, but he wasn't about to give up either. Then, what he calls a "miracle" happened.

"I got a call one day from this person who said, 'If I buy that building, can you use it?'" explains Clark. "I said, 'Well, yes!'"

Clark says the food bank's anonymous donor bought the $650,000 Meridian Senior Center building and donated it. In just a few weeks, the donation became a done deal.

The new, expanded Meridian Food Bank location will open its doors on Wednesday, August 15th.

The hours of operation are as follows: 

Monday
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
6:30p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 

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