posted on October 27, 2015 in Organizations
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank needed a larger facility that would serve approximately 1,200 households, on a monthly basis, in Black Hawk County and 40,000 people throughout Northeast Iowa. In addition, the Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food to over 200 agencies through 16 Northeast Iowa counties.
The 43,000+ square foot facility better serves the community, volunteers and staff and is twice as big as the previous location with three times the usable space. Approximately 37,000 volunteer hours are donated every year; the new building has more space allocated for those volunteers. The Food Bank now has enough space for pallets, in which they don’t have to turn away large donations. They have enough cooler and freezer space to house items that they used to have limited quantities or not be able to provide. There are three client intake rooms for food assistance; this is very beneficial when meeting with 70 to 80 families per day. Families can then go directly out the back of the intake room to the local food pantry that has its own exit. A kitchen was designed to prepare meals that are being delivered to the Salvation Army. There are two loading docks to bring truckloads of food in, as well as distributing it out to 16 counties.
Warm paint colors and durable finishes were used throughout the space to make it comfortable for the employees and welcoming to the individuals seeking assistance. The Food Bank was built next to Operation Threshold to create the area’s first Human Services Campus and shares the same geothermal heating and cooling system.