WICHITA, Kan. - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning for an expansion to the Kansas Food Bank in Wichita.
The warehouse, at Douglas and I-135, is getting an additional 21,000 square-feet of space. Some of that will be used as space for volunteers, allowing more people to help with projects and to get things done more efficiently.
Some of the new space also goes to cooler storage, allowing the Kansas Food Bank to store twice as much fresh fruits and vegetables. This also increases buying power, since more produce can be purchased at once.
With the new space allowing for more food to be kept and work to be done, the food bank hopes to serve a million additional meals across Kansas once construction is finished.
Construction on the expansion is expected to start before the end of this year, and work should be done by May of 2019. The Food Bank also announced Wednesday that it has exceeded its $5 million goal for its "Growing to Serve" capital campaign. The money from the campaign will fund the expansion of the Wichita warehouse building.
The Kansas Food Bank works with partners across the state to get food to 85 counties. The only excluded areas are northeast Kansas, but needs there are handled by a separate group.