After many years of planning and hoping, CSML has broken ground on the new Regional Distribution Center and Food Bank! On Monday, July 19th we had our official ground breaking ceremony at the new Distribution Center Project Site. Our Board President Chris Hansen, who’s father Marc Marchand donated the property, was on hand to celebrate the occasion. County, City and State officials were also there to help mark the occasion. It was a momentous day for the Food Bank. It’s been a dream of our Food Bank Managers Peny Archer and Scott Kilpatrick since the land was donated by the Marchand Trust and it is finally coming to fruition. Our managers have been determinedly raising funds for the New Distribution Center for the last seven years.
Agriculture is a huge part of Eastern Washington. There are so many commodities donated for distribution and not enough space to store them. The current facility has a grossly inadequate dry storage, freezer and refrigeration capacity. The Distribution Center will significantly increase food safety as well as our storage capacity, and allow for an efficient food transportation hub in the center of the five-county area. Yakima, Grant and Benton counties are the top three food producing counties in Washington state. Completion of the Distribution Center will allow CSML to take full advantage of food sources by providing sufficient capacity for storage of donated food. The Moses Lake, Washington Food Bank, distributes food to 33 food banks located in the five central Washington counties of Adams, Benton, Grant, Lincoln, and Yakima. Collectively, these 33 food banks provide supplemental food to approximately 10,000 low-income families each month. The project will improve distribution of nutritional emergency and supplemental food to low-income families and homeless persons located in central Washington, improving the health and welfare of our at-risk populations.
We are so thankful to Senator Judy Warnick for securing Capital Grants for us to finally complete this worthy project. These Grants along with Grants from The *MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the Sunderland Foundation and many local grants and donations are making our project become reality.
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. murdocktrust.org
All local donations will be matched by the up to $300,000 to complete this meaningful project.