PASCO -- Second Harvest is scheduled to unveil its 14,000-square-foot charitable food distribution center in Pasco at 10 a.m. Friday.
"The communities we serve have made an incredible investment in our Pasco distribution center, which is truly inspiring," said Jason Luke Clark, president and CEO of Second Harvest.
Attendees are expected to include local labor unions, contractors and suppliers who donated labor and materials. In-kind donations represented more than half of the $2.9 million building project at 5825 Burlington Loop. Cash contributions so far represent more $500,000, with about $600,000 left to raise.
The Pasco distribution center is almost triple the size of Second Harvest's previous leased facility in Kennewick and includes 4,000 square feet of commercial cold storage. It will allow the nonprofit to secure more fresh produce and other perishable food donations for its network of 55 food banks and meal centers in the region.
The goal is for the Pasco center to distribute 9 million pounds of food per year by 2018 -- which would be an increase of 64 percent from the 5.5 million pounds provided in 2011.
Demands of Second Harvest continue to rise one of four children in the Columbia Basin are at risk, and one in seven people are hungry or at-risk of hunger, according to Feeding America research.
To view photos and information about the building of this project, go to feedingourcommunity.org. For more information, contact regional director Julie Miller at 509-434-8655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.