Groundbreaking on the new Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro-Woolley took place Friday, March 31. Chad Fisher and Duke Fisher were on hand, along with representatives from the city and county, project donors, food bank volunteers and community members, to help celebrate.
Chad Fisher Construction is building the new food bank, designed by Carletti Architects of Mount Vernon. All subcontractors and suppliers on the project are local. Chad Fisher Construction and many of the subcontractors are graciously donating their services to the project.
The 9,500-square-foot building will include warehouse, distribution and office space. The distribution area will be modeled similar to a grocery store, allowing clients to have more choice and autonomy in how they choose items for their household. The new location will also include a food forest and community garden to provide fresh produce to the food bank.
“I want to thank Janicki Industries for leading us toward a vision of what we can be,” said Helping Hands Executive Director Rebecca Schlaht. “Their support has allowed us to grow from a food bank to a resource center that includes a food bank. With the other programs that we will have in the facility we will be able to extend our programs to anyone who might need job training, night classes, nutrition classes and more. It really will be a place the whole community will benefit from.”
Helping Hands is Skagit County’s largest direct emergency food provider. In 2016 the organization served an average of 730 families each week and rescued more than 1.2 million pounds of food from the landfill.
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