Good Shepherd Food Bank Opens New Facility In Hampden
Before my days in radio, I used to work in a large-scale food processing facility. We made meals for airlines, and for a few non-profit groups that distributed meals to those in the area who needed it. So I have a pretty good idea of how this kind of place works, and it can be very demanding.
Not only just the amount of work that needs to get done, but it's also easy to outgrow the space. So in a business like this, thinks like storage and freezer space become a pretty hot commodity around the building. But thanks to the help of several hundred donors, and some luck, Good Shepherd Food Bank has sweet new digs.
After raising $5 millions dollars, they got their hands on the old newspaper printing facility off the 202 extension in Hampden. And with all this new space, comes the self-imposed goal of servicing all food insecure Mainers by 2025, according to News Center Maine. Which they will do in conjunction with their other facility in Auburn.
In the new space there's plenty of storage, new state-of-the-art freezers, and more places to store all sorts of local produce and other things. With all these positive new changes, they hope they can now realistically achieve their goal with the help of their 400 co-distributors.
It'll be a great day indeed when all this comes to fruition. With all the talk of a possible recession, it's good to have some forward thinking if Mainers begin to need some extra help. And thankfully, Good Shepherd will be paving the way.