Several state legislators gathered Wednesday in Pasco for the ground breaking of a new food distribution center being paid for by a $3 million grant from last year's capital budget.
Sen. Janea Holmquist-Newbry, R-Moses Lake, joined Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, and Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, for the ceremony to celebrate a new 26,000-square-foot warehouse for Second Harvest, an inland northwest hunger relief network.
Legislative assistants for Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, and Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, also were present, as both legislators were unable to attend the ceremony.
Jean Tucker, development manager for Second Harvest, said the new warehouse will allow the network to increase distribution to food banks from 5.5 million pounds annually to 9 million pounds annually by 2018.
Construction on the warehouse should be finished in about five months, Tucker said.
Second Harvest's existing facility is 14,000 square feet.