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Northeast Iowa Food Bank makes push for new building

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank helps feed more than 40,000 people each year.  That demand has only been increasing in the past few years.  That's one reason the food bank is craving a new facility.

Delivery drivers are constantly dropping off pallets full of food items at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.  But with each delivery, the food bank's warehouse quickly fills up.  Refrigerator and freezer space is even more limited.

"The most nutritious food that we can get is the perishable stuff:  carrots, oranges, apples, potatoes, eggs, that kind of thing.  And we just don't have the adequate space to bring that stuff in," said Barb Prather, executive director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

In fact, there's so little free space, the food bank has had to turn some donations away.  That's why it is raising money to build a new facility at Lafayette and Elm Streets in Waterloo, just a few blocks away from its current home.  More than $4 million has already been pledged toward the project.  But your help is still needed.

"Whether its $5 or $1000, no donation to what people give is too small," Prather said.

After all, with more room and added amenities, the new food bank will help increase the amount of products that can be distributed to those in need.

"It'll be a facility that will enable us to grow.  It'll be more efficiently laid out so we can handle the product that we need to handle and make sure we have a space to do that, to provide the food to the agencies and the people that we serve," said Prather.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new food bank is set for September 17. 

You can help raise money for the new facility at an upcoming event.  On August 16, from 5-9 p.m., Mulligan's Grill & Pub in Cedar Falls will be donating 10 percent of all food sales to the food bank's capital campaign.

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