Quite simply, the current Food Bank facility is out of space. The current location supplies food to New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties. With this new building, the Food Bank will add Duplin County to its service area, and allow the Food Bank to operate additional programs to address hunger at its root causes.
More than 90,000 food insecure individuals, including working families, seniors on a fixed income, children and teens living at home or working their way through college, depend on the Food Bank at Wilmington for nutritious food daily – and even more so after major disasters.
Despite our best work, and increasing distribution during times of crisis, a meal gap still exists between the need in the greater Wilmington area and the flow of food we can maintain in our current facility.
The new facility will accommodate distribution of an additional 4.2 million pounds of food or 3.5 million meals annually, a 47% increase in overall distribution.