The North Texas Food Bank is leaving a longtime distribution location at the heart of North Texas’ urban poverty center in southern Dallas — and it’ll be a blessing for the hungry people around it, the organization says.
The new Perot Family Campus in Plano, opening in September, will serve as the group’s main distribution center. Part of the food bank’s 10-year, $55 million Stop Hunger Build Hope campaign, the facility doubles the space and triples the refrigerated storage of the current location.
The 230,000-square-foot warehouse at the Bush Turnpike and Coit Road also has four times as many loading docks, allowing more perishable food to be delivered and shipped out before hitting peak ripeness. It’ll be more energy efficient, too, with insulated flooring and loading docks, according to the food bank’s chief executive and president, Trisha Cunningham.
The other half of the 10-year plan dedicates about $24 million to more than 260 partner agencies so they can focus on replacing shelf-stable staples with the fresh produce and proteins often lacking in low-income diets. The money can go to anything from energy bills to adding pantry space.
“I think there is a fallacy out there that, ‘Oh well if [the food bank] is leaving South Dallas they don’t really care about South Dallas,’” Cunningham said. “It’s really irrelevant where our facilities are because we can serve those 260 partner agencies from wherever.”
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