The Food Bank of Delaware recently announced that the Longwood Foundation made a $1.5 million gift toward the organization’s Creating a Bold Future capital campaign.

To better serve the community, the Food Bank acquired an 80,000-square-foot facility in July 2016. Located at 222 Lake Drive in Newark, this new building will enable the organization to maximize operational efficiency, while increasing capacity to meet the needs of people experiencing food insecurity.

Relocating to 222 Lake Drive will provide the Food Bank with the opportunity to operate more efficiently; grow foods on a 3.5-acre farm; train more people; feed more people; increase educational/outreach workspace; and plan for the future

The foundation’s gift will support the project’s $10 million construction budget. To date, the organization has raised close to $9 million; $4.5 million was used to purchase the facility. During the past year, the Food Bank of Delaware has spent time designing the building to meet the needs of the community. An extensive value engineering process also took place to help drive down project costs. Construction on the farm began in November 2017 and interior construction will begin in early 2018.

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