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Expansion project at Central Pennsylvania Food Bank concludes

By , - Last modified: June 8, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank saw construction of its 31,000-square-foot expansion project completed Wednesday.

The largest addition, a 28,000-square-foot warehouse, gives the nonprofit a “greater capacity for food distribution,” said Kendall Hanna, the food bank’s executive director.

A news release from the JEM Group, the Harrisburg-based construction company responsible for the $3.5 million project, listed several upgrades that were added, such as a demonstration kitchen, office space and electrical improvements. Jessica Meyers, the company’s president, said construction continued while the facility was operational.

The 500-square-foot demonstration kitchen will be used for “nutrition-education and food-safety purposes,” Hanna said. “We might bring in school-age kids and teach them proper nutrition.”

Hanna said he was excited by the project’s completion. Ground was broken Aug. 3, and the ribbon cutting took place May 3.

“That’s nine months, so it’s almost like we were giving birth to a new food bank,” Hanna said. “It’s very satisfying to complete this project at this point in time.”

During the process, Hanna mentioned, multiple challenges occurred – such as dealing with the effects of last fall’s Tropical Storm Lee and working around 10 to 20 subcontractors in the warehouse – but did not interrupt operations or have a negative effect on donations.

“My warehouse staff is to be complimented for their flexibility during that period and in working with the JEM Group,” he said.


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