Warehouse Should Help Food Bank Reach Large Area

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Officials at a Davenport food bank are showing off their large new warehouse that they say will help them better serve a far-flung area of eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

The 60,000-square-foot River Bend Foodbank warehouse is more than double the size of the group’s previous building in Moline, Ill., where the organization had been located for 30 years.

River Bend executive director Tom Laughlin tells the Quad-City Times the new building includes a 3,600-square-foot freezer that can hold five tractor-trailer loads of perishable food. Before moving to the larger location, the organization would sometimes need to turn away food donations because of a lack of freezer space.

The organization delivered 8 million pounds of food in 2013 to agencies in five Iowa counties and 17 Illinois counties.

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