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Food bank moving to new 17k sq ft building

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The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is moving to a new location.

After spending 14 years in its original space near uptown Greenville, the food bank is now in a 17,500 square foot warehouse.

An organization spokesperson says the space will help them serve more people. "Agencies come in and select items that they need for their food pantry, soup kitchens and after school programs,” Operations Supervisor Robert Speight said. 

At first the Food Bank started as a disaster relief center. When Hurricane Floyd ripped through the East in 1999, thousands were left hungry and since then, the demand has only grown.

"Last year we did 8.8 million pounds of distribution from the Greenville and New Bern branches,” Speight said. 

Keeping up with those numbers is hard, they say. When food comes pouring in, volunteers and staff need extra space to inspect separate and store donations. So by moving into their new warehouse off Union Street in Greenville, their mission has become easier.

"I noticed that there's more here now. The last time I came there wasn't as much but now it has grown and there's more here and I’m happy. I am glad.” Evelyn Bellamy said. 

On Thursday, the Food Bank will welcome the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and several others for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The live ribbon cutting starts at 5.

9 On Your Side is partnering with the Food Bank this fall. We'll be holding our annual fall food drive event Saturday November 9th at Walmart in Greenville.

Last year’s event was a big success. We hope you'll come out and help us fill the shelves.

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