Local Non-Profit Will Expand Food Bank

By Brett Edwards | bedwards@wtwo.com

Published 07/08 2014 11:07PM

Updated 07/08 2014 11:56PM

On Tuesday, a group known as the Guys Who Give donated $14,000 to Catholic Charities, who hope to purchase an unused facility on Hunt Street near the Terre Haute International Airport.

The building would triple their capacity.

"It will allow us to feed at least 11,000 more people who are experiencing food insecurity," said John Etling, the Catholic Charities Agency Director.

Members of the community understand the need for expansion in regards to the food bank.

"The need is tremendous and we'll get there," added Earl Elliott of Guys Who Give.

John Etling says more space is crucial in order for the agency to continue to provide food for those who need it most.

"We certainly don't have the space we need to bring in a truckload of produce," added Etling.

Elliott said, "it would enable the food bank to have capacity to process and distribute substantially more volume of food.

Last November, the agency began their campaign to raise money for the purchase.

Etling said Tuesday's donation is one big step in the right direction.

"This is going to go a long way towards helping us get that much closer to being in a better facility for the program."

Etling added that their campaign has raised nearly $1.8 million the last several months.
Their goal is to reach $2.5 million before the year ends.

The non-profit hopes to purchase the new facility within the next month or two, and to have it up and running by early 2015.

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